Plea for food from poorly stocked HV pet pantries

Demand has increased for donations at Hudson Valley food banks in the wake of the recent recession, but officials say that demand is equally as high at local pet food banks as a result of people putting their pets up for adoption.

The very first Hudson Valley Pet Pantry is due to open in April, and organizers say that donations, everything from dry dog food to cans of cat food, are already trickling in.

Susan Katz, of the Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry, says that they will offer drop-in services and deliveries to those in need, adding that keeping a family pet from being put up for adoption can have multiple benefits. "It's going to help keep that family unit together, and helps people have that bond," Katz said.

The pantry is looking for volunteers and donations. For more information on how you can help, click here.

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