Colorado Pet Pantry Helps Pet Owners Feed their Furry Friends

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When humans suffer from food insecurity,

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more than likely, their pets do too.

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Now, a Colorado nonprofit

has come to the rescue

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with a free pet food distribution program

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in La Plata and Montezuma counties.

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I’m Wendy Graham Settle.

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If you’re struggling to

put food on the table

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for you and your family,

you’re probably struggling

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to feed your furry friend, as well.

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That’s how many pets wind up in shelters.

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The Colorado Pet Pantry, a nonprofit

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founded eight years ago

by executive director,

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Eileen Lambert, wants to

keep pets with their families

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by giving away free pet food

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at distribution centers around the state.

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The pet pantry recently

established distribution centers

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in Durango, Cortez, Towaoc,

Mancos, Dolores and Dove Creek.

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We’re trying to keep

animals out of shelters

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and she discovered by giving animals,

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helping families support their animals,

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it would keep the animals out of shelters.

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In 2020, the Pet Pantry distributed

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more than 5.1 million meals

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to more than 85,000 dogs and cats.

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It also supplies pet foods and accessories

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to more than 90 animal

rescue organizations,

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veterans groups, domestic

violence organizations

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and provides low or no

cost veterinary services

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through the Animal Welfare Share Program.

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In Durango, pet pantry volunteers

distribute free pet food

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from 9:00 to 11:00 AM the first Tuesday

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of every month from a food

truck at Manna Soup kitchen.

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You can make donations

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to the Durango Pet Food

Distribution program

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at the Pit House and Fat

Cats and Healthy Hounds.

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The pantry offers canned food,

dry food, grain-free food,

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pet toys, and pet supplies,

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In Cortez, For Pet’s Sake Humane Society

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distributes free food from 10 to 10:30 AM

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every Friday at the Duck Pond.

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You can make donations

for Montezuma County Pets

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at The Good Life pet store in Cortez.

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Distributions also are

made at Towaoc, Dove Creek,

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Delores and Mancos,

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Contact Kylie Caraher

at kileycppatgmail.com

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for distribution times and dates.

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Thanks for watching this edition

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