In an attempt to help pet owners be able to keep their cats and dogs, the Bell County Friends of the Shelter have acquired a $5,000 grant from the Banfield Charitable Trust to start a food bank for those who need help feeding their pets.
President of the FOS Dinah Presnell said they will purchase the food from Food City of Middlesboro with the grant money, which will then be stored at the animal shelter until it is time for the giveaway at the Lighthouse Mission on U.S. 119. She said there are plans to give the food away on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
“The reason why we decided to do it was because, in working with the Bell County Animal Shelter, we realized that many people relinquish their animals because they are not able to feed them,” said Presnell.
Presnell said when the FOS saw that the grant was available, they thought it would be a good way to help people keep their pets.
“We would like for this program to grow,” said Presnell.
People wanting to help in the effort can drop off bags of food or treats for cats and dogs at the animal shelter. The food will be added to the food bank. Individuals who drop off food need to make sure they specify that it is for the food program.
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