Tackling pet hunger in central Ohio

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The Ohio Animal Foundation will be collecting donations of cat and dog food on Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Charity Newsies parking lot in Clintonville, 4300 Indianola Ave., Columbus. The pet food drive is part of the eighth annual Tackle Pet Hunger campaign, designed to raise awareness of pet hunger in the community and keep pets in their homes and out of shelters.

“Our goal is to raise 5,000 pounds of pet food through Tackle Pet Hunger,” said Jill Herbst, executive director of Ohio Animal Foundation. “All of the food benefits organizations that are providing temporary pet food assistance to central Ohio families in need. Our ultimate goal is to prevent families from having to relinquish their animals to a shelter simply because they are having a hard time right now. We know the need is great this year due to COVID-19. If this food can get them through a tough spot and keep those pets secure in their homes, then we have succeeded.”

All pet food donations will benefit the PetPromise Pet Food Pantry and the Sedona Grace Foundation. Both organizations provide food to pet owners who are struggling to feed their pets.

“The Sedona Grace Foundation was created nine years ago in memory of our shelter dog, Sedona. Our mission is ‘Keeping Pets With Their Families’ by providing pet food to area food pantries so people going through tough times can feed their pets instead of surrendering them to shelters. Especially now with the pandemic, more people are using food pantries and the need for pet food has increased,” said Jill Cottone, director of Sedona Grace Foundation. “Currently we provide pet food to 11 food pantries in central Ohio.”

The pet food drive on Nov. 14 will cap a two-week collection held at central Ohio businesses from Nov. 1- 13.

About Ohio Animal Foundation

Ohio Animal Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Columbus. Our mission is to create positive impact for animals through education, funding and advocacy. We do this through a variety of programs, including our annual Tackle Pet Hunger community pet food drive, education and outreach, and our small grant program.

Over the past seven years, Tackle Pet Hunger has provided more than 25,000 pounds of cat and dog food to organizations dedicated to keeping pets in their homes and out of the shelter.

For more information about Ohio Animal Foundation visit, www.OhioAnimalFoundation.org.

For additional information about Tackle Pet Hunger, go to www.TacklePetHunger.com.

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