For Immediate Release

MARCH 18, 2010. The folks behind the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry – Recycled Doggies and the Pet Alliance – are pleased to announce the next distribution date for pet food will be Saturday March 27, 2010 at the Queen City Self-Storage facility, located at 4775 Red Bank Expressway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227 (located behind the Red Bank Emergency Vet Clinic just off I-71 at the Red Bank exit).

Distribution will take place from 10 am to 12 noon. Pantry staff and volunteers will be on hand to greet Pantry clients, register clients to learn about their pets’ needs, and provide clients with pet food. The Pantry will also be accepting food and financial donations from the public during the 10 am to 12 noon timeframe on March 27th.

The Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry’s grand opening and first distribution on March 6, 2010 was a huge success, with Pantry volunteers distributing a total of 4626 pounds of pet food, 650 pounds of cat litter, and lots of pet treats to 137 Pet Guardians, thereby ensuring that 437 cats, 277 dogs, 3 guinea pigs, 2 ferrets, 3 turtles, and 9 rats will not go hungry.

There is no income limit for Pet Guardians seeking pet food assistance from the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry. The Pantry will provide temporary food assistance (up to a reasonable limit based on the number of pets in the family and subject to food availability) to all Pet Guardians who come to the Pantry and state in writing that they are currently unable to afford food for their pet(s) and that they need assistance from the Pantry in order to keep their pet(s).

In addition, Pet Guardians requesting pet food assistance from the Pantry must:

  1. Be 18 years of age and older.
  2. Present a valid picture ID.
  3. List the names of all household members 18 years and older.
  4. Explain the hardship that has resulted in their being unable to afford to purchase food for their pets.
  5. Understand that the food provided is donated and that it may not be their current brand, therefore their pet(s) could get an upsetstomach due to the introduction of a new food to their diet.
  6. Agree to release the Pantry, its staff, volunteers, donors, and Queen City Self Storage from all legal actions and claims related to the Pantry’s activities.
  7. Agree not to breed any of their pets or animals for profit or sport.
  8. Understand that the Pantry has the right to deny any application.
  9. Agree, by receiving food from the Pantry, to give a food or monetary donation back to the Pantry at distribution or when they are able to do so.
  10. Agree that if their pet(s) is/are not already spayed/neutered, that they will work with the Pantry and its partner, the Pet Alliance, to get their pet(s) spayed/neutered. Patrons of the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry will receive access to low-cost spay/neuter services through the Pet Alliance program Spay Ohio and affordable microchipping to return lost pets to their owners from MicroChip USA.

 

Pet Guardians interested in obtaining an application and a copy of the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry eligibility guidelines can contact the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry at cincinnatipetfoodpantry@gmail.com or by calling 513-275-5842. In addition, the eligibility guidelines are available on the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry’s website, www.cincinnatipetfoodpantry.org. Applications will be available at the Pantry on distribution days as well.

Because the need is so great, the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry expects that the current stockpile of pet food and cat litter will go quickly. The Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry is seeking individuals and businesses to donate pet food and/or money each month to ensure the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry can continue to fill the need of Pet Guardians who need assistance beyond this initial distr ibution date. One bag to hundreds of pounds are each appreciated and needed. Each bag MAKES A DIFFERENCE to someone who is struggling to keep their pets. The Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry is also asking local businesses to consider placing a donation bin in their place of business to collect donated food for the Pantry. The Pantry’s goal is to be able to provide two weeks worth of pet food (up to a reasonable limit depending on the number of pets) to Pet Guardians during each distribution event, but the ability to meet this goal depends on the donations received.

The Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry is looking for a more permanent location to store food and hold distribution events. If you have a warehouse or office space that you would be willing to allow the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry to use, please contact 513-275-5842 or cincinnatipetfoodpantry@gmail.com. All donations are tax-deductible.

Individuals interested in volunteering at the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry on distribution days or holding their own pet food drives to help restock the Pantry should email cincinnatipetfoodpantry@gmail.com. ##