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The Pet Food Pantry at the Connecticut Humane Society is busy filling food bowls for pets across the state—and can now lend a paw to even more pets thanks to extra-large donations.

Long-time CHS partner Hill’s Pet Nutrition and GreaterGood.org (GGO) recently delivered thousands of pounds of food and treats to CHS’ Newington pantry. Hill’s sent 10 pallets of dog food, with the delivery coordinated by GGO, and GGO then sent hundreds of bags of dog treats along with more than 1,000 cat “entrees.”

CHS’ Pet Food Pantry provides food to family pets across the state all year long when they’re going through a rough patch. The need has increased as a result of COVID-19, with more families facing financial struggles and uncertainty about affording their pets. With the pantry filling their pets’ food bowls, more animals can keep their homes (rather than entering shelters), and families will have one less worry.

The recent donations to the pantry have translated into more food for current CHS Pet Food Pantry clients, an ability to serve new clients, and a chance to scale up dispersing food to animal control, rescues, and human food banks.

In addition to existing and new client families, the donated food has been distributed to local animal welfare groups—like CT Animal House, Bikers Against Animal Cruelty and Woof Gang Rescue—who knew of pets and families in need. Animal control shelters, like Meriden and Wolcott, as well as human-focused organizations like St. Vincent de Paul Place, Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank, also received food.

Donors and supporters have made the pantry a reality, all the way back in 2011 when it started, through to today.

CHS’ pantry continues to need pet food of all kinds. A wishlist is posted at CThumane.org/wishlist. Monetary gifts can also be made at CThumane.org/donate.

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