Petland Charities Donates Pet Food to Athens Food Pantry



Petland Charities and the Athens County Food pantry are teaming up to provide dog food for families in need.

The program, which begins this month, will provide $10,000 in Petland's private label Heartland Naturals dog food in monthly deliveries to the food pantry, where it will be given to families in need with pets. Beginning January 24, Petland will deliver 55 12 lb. bags of food a month for the next six months. The initial delivery will also include six cases of canned cat food. After six months, Petland and the Food Pantry will discuss the program and evaluate the ongoing need.

"Our board has been aware of the need for pet food,” said Karin Bright, president of Athens County Food pantry. “Our clients have asked about such availability over the years but have not been able to provide that assistance due to financial constraints. We are thrilled to be able to help low-income families feed their pets." 

"We are so grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Athens County Food Pantry,” said Steve Huggins, Petland Charities executive director. “We have a lot of colleagues, friends, families and customers in Athens and we are excited to be able to help make a small difference in addressing the hunger needs of the county." 

Petland Charities is a 501c3 that provides support to local shelters. In January of 2019, Petland Charities began a feeding program for the Ross County Humane Society and to date, has donated more than $18,500 in dog food. In addition to the food donation contract, for every dog adopted at Ross County Humane Society Petland Charities provides a free bag of Heartland Naturals food in addition to a $50 gift card to help the adopter purchase necessary supplies for their newly adopted furry friend. This year, Petland Charities also began the giftcard program with Licking County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center. Since March of 2016, Petland has redeemed more than $76,000 in gift cards from RCHS adopters.


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