New Caddo Parish program seeks to keep pets bellies' full
Source: The Pet Pantry
CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -
Need help feeding your four-legged, furry friend?
Well look no further, because Caddo Parish is expected to launch its first "Pet Pantry" in May. It will provide free pet food to families who are in need.
"It's all about families, pets are members of families," said Makayla Holoubek. She says she recently attended a Caddo Parish Commission meeting when the idea of a pet pantry was introduced. She says she agreed to help. Caddo Commissioner, Michael Williams also wants to help the Pet Pantry come to fruition.
"The goal of the Pet Pantry is to make it possible for pets to stay in their loving home together with their families by providing the basic nutrition a cat or dog needs and prevent the pet from being abandoned or surrendered to an animal shelter," reads a program brochure.
"It's an idea I'd seen work successfully in New Hampshire when I lived there," said Holoubek.
If you qualify for the program, you could also be eligible for free spaying and neutering.
"We're using donations from the food bank that are supplied by retailers that are already giving pet food to the food bank," said Holoubek.
The Northwest Louisiana Food Bank is partnering with the program, which is open to donations. Distribution locations are:
Noel United Methodist Church, 520 Herndon St.: Pet food may be picked up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Lake Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2842 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive: Pet food may be picked up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.
St. Vincent de Paul Society Pantry at the St. Catherine Community Center, 7109 Henderson St.: Pet food may be picked up from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday and Friday.