Many pet owners are having a difficult time affording the cost of food for their animals due to the COVID pandemic. To help address these needs, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) launched its Emergency Pet Food Bank in late April to help feed dogs and cats.
One of the most significant effects of the public health crisis is loss of income due to surging unemployment. The OHS is hoping this will help families facing financial hardship keep their pets throughout the crisis.
“When this public health crisis began, we were worried what it might mean for Ottawa’s animals,” said OHS President & CEO, Bruce Roney. “Loss of income can force families to make difficult decisions, but we don’t want to see families forced to surrender their pets over it.”
The OHS Emergency Pet Food Bank drive-thru runs each Thursday on-site at the OHS located at 245 West Hunt Club Road. The OHS is also contributing pet food to local food banks. If you require pet food and want to pick it up at the OHS, this is being done by appointment only because of physical distancing requirements.
Since its launch, the OHS Emergency Pet Food Bank has provided more than 2,000 pounds of food to local pet owners. Those who are facing financial hardship and need support can make an appointment to pick up pet food at www.ottawahumane.ca/your-pet/
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