Fairfield Animal Shelter Starts First ‘Pet Food Pantry’

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Pet dog rests on a bed. (AP photo)

Pet dog rests on a bed. (AP photo)

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FAIRFIELD (KCBS) – For the first time in history, the Solano Animal Care shelter in Fairfield is collecting pet food donations to help pet owners feed their hungry dogs and cats.

The so-called Pet Food Pantry is just another sign of a bad economy.

Agency Manager Ron Whitfield said things have changed over the past few years, and his shelter is receiving more abandoned animals from many owners who don’t want to give them up.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla:

“With the economy and losing a home you get people coming in here and they’re crying their eyes out because they have to surrender their animals. They can’t keep them anymore,” he said.

As a result, Whitfield said many dogs and cats are going hungry.

In an effort to help, the shelter is collecting donated pet food to help owners who can’t afford to feed their animals.

“They can come in here and pick up some dog and cat food and whatever they would need to help them supplement the feeding of their animals,” said Whitfield.

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