355 dogs and 504 cats were surrendered to the Cache Humane Society’s animal shelter during the last quarter and executive director Mike Bishop says most of the owners said they could no longer afford to feed their pets. Help has arrived with the opening of a Pet Food Pantry for those who cannot afford to feed their dogs or cats. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, Bishop said this is not a government-subsidized program. “The program’s not meant to be a subsidization of one’s income or food,” Bishop explained. “It’s meant for individuals who really hit hard times, lost a job, or just at a point where they can’t maintain their family. Animals are a part of their family.” Bishop says there is a lot of community support for the pet food pantry. Sam’s Club and Purina have donated about a year’s supply of food for the animals and Wilson Motor is paying to transport the food to the shelter. The Pet Food Pantry is open each Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. more information call 792-3920
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