The Niagara County Clerk’s Office is welcoming WNY Food 4 Paws donation barrels to Lockport, Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda DMV offices, County Clerk Joe Jastrzemski announced Friday. Residents are encouraged to drop off donations of pet food and treats for distribution at pantries and pet food pantries in Niagara and Erie counties.
WNY Food 4 Paws is a newly created non-profit organization whose mission is to support food pantries that provide pet food to families in financial need. The organization works directly with manufacturers, pet stores, grocery stores and community partners to acquire pet food and other pet supplies.
“The use of food banks has increased dramatically in these difficult times, and families also need help feeding their pets,” Jastrzemski said. “The ability to provide appropriate and nutritious food for their cat or dog may be a contributing factor in whether a family can keep the animal or is required to turn it over to a shelter or animal sanctuary.”
A WNY Food 4 Paws barrel will be set up at the Niagara County Fair next week, in the tent shared by the county clerk, sheriff and other county departments.
For the full list of keg locations in both counties, visit: wnyfood4paws.org.
For a list of food and pet food pantries, call 2-1-1.