Some Food Pantries Offering Food For Pets

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (WBBM) — Many food pantries are no longer just for people. They’re for pets, too.

At the West Suburban Humane Society, volunteers tell WBBM that they field a number of calls from pet owners who are preparing to give up their pets, or simply release them into the wild, because they can no longer afford to feed them.

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“What we try to do is offer people alternatives,” said Carolyn Mossberger, executive director of the Downers Grove-based society.

“When we tell them this is available, they’re very happy,” she said. “They don’t want to give up their pet. It just that they feel they have no other choice.”

Mossberger and board member Cindy Johnson said the Peoples Resource Center, in Wheaton, and the West Suburban Food Pantry, in Woodridge, are two pantries that offer pet food to financially-stretched suburbanites.

Johnson said any pet owner facing such a choice should check with local animal welfare officials and food pantries first to see if donated pet food is available.

  • Mary Virginia

    Release them in to the wild? That’s crazy and cruel. These are domestic animals that will suffer or die on the street, esp. in this cold.
    Please turn them in to a rescue or shelter. Petfinder lists local rescues – general and breed specific. And if you did rescue you agreed to turn the dog back in. Many rescues are filling up with turned in pets in this economy but may have referrals. Even a shelter that is not no-kill might get the pet to a rescue or adopt it out.
    And do not give away pets on craigslist. Dog fighters look here for fighting partners and bait. A small rehoming fee complies with the CL rules about not selling animals.

  • twin

    As hard as times have gotten I will never desert my dogs……..they are like my children and if I eat and have a place to stay they will too… matter what…….I love them…..

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