A few weeks ago, we told you about the many food banks available in Southern Maryland to assist people and families in need of food and other basic essentials.
Many families also have pets, and when money is tight, some of them make the heartbreaking decision to surrender their pets to shelters and rescue organizations as a way to save money. Giving up a pet is a difficult decision, and it can make life more stressful for families in need. Pets offer comfort, and they make people happy.
We’re lucky in Southern Maryland to have several pet food banks whose goal is to help people in need be able to keep their pets. Contact each organization directly if you need assistant or would like to donate.
Calvert Well Pet Clinic: The Calvert Well Pet Clinic collects pet food for distribution for pet owners in need. Contact Jean Radeackar at 443-295-7873 for more information. Find the Calvert Well Pet Clinic online at https://www.facebook.com/Calvert-Well-Pet-Clinic-202648366430949/.
Help for Pets: In Charles County, Pat Parrish of Help for Pets can assist families who are having trouble feeding their pets. Contact Pat at 301-643-3049.
Hungry Tummies by Pets in Need: Local rescue organization Pets in Need helps families in need through its Hungry Tummies program. Contact Kim Holt of Pets in Need in Southern Maryland at 301-481-9118 or join the Hungry Tummies group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/983349545125203/.
SMAWL Pet Food Pantry: The St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League accepts donations for its pet food pantry at Petco stores in Leonardtown, Prince Frederick, La Plata, and Waldorf. Donations are also accepted at Pepper’s Pet Pantry in Calloway and at St. Mary’s County Department of Public Safety’s Animal Control Division. For more information, visit http://www.smawl.org/index.php/2-uncategorised/105-donations-needed-smawl-pet-food-pantry.
Please note that some of these programs may require that the pet be spayed or neutered before you can receive assistance. If your pet isn’t altered, inquire about the many low-cost spay and neuter programs in Southern Maryland.
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