Pet owners experiencing hardship due to COVID-19 receive free pet food

Dog owners in need of pet food can get it for free in Prairieville on Saturday, April 11.
Dog owners in need of pet food can get it for free in Prairieville on Saturday, April 11.(Rescue Alliance)
Updated: Apr. 17, 2020 at 9:35 PM CDT
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PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (WAFB) - Several groups are looking out for our four-legged friends to make sure they are still getting proper nutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS) is hosting a drive-by pet food distribution at its shelter on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Members said they are aware that many people in Baton Rouge have lost their jobs and are struggling to buy food for themselves and their pets. They added they are also hoping to reach the elderly and those with medical conditions who should not be shopping in grocery stores right now.

CAAWS will have nearly 900 bags of dog and cat food to hand out. Drivers should remain in their vehicles except to open car doors or the trunk. Volunteers will approach the cars to ask how many pets the driver has, what breed and weight, and will bring the food to their car. In order to provide a safe environment, volunteers will wear a mask and gloves.

The CAAWS shelter is located at 6357 Quinn Dr. in Baton Rouge.

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Rescue Alliance opened up a pet food bank for those experiencing some sort of financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The food bank was made possible by donations from GreaterGood.org and Eukanuba Nutrition, as well as citizens. Dog owners were able to pick up free pet food from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 at the Raising Cane’s in Prairieville, located at 17696 Airline Hwy.

Rescue Alliance announced there was a wonderful turnout. Organizers said they managed to go through 1,000 pounds of dog food in two hours giving back to the community they serve.

They added they will be announcing an upcoming cat food drive after being awarded an emergency grant from Allie Cat Allies.

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