Apr 1, 2010 8:16 PM by Jessica Michaels
Struggling to figure out how to put food on your table and in your pets bowl? The Pikes Peak Pet Pantry is helping needy families in Colorado Springs keep their pets through tough economic times. For the past two and a half years the non-profit organization has been providing free pet food twice a week to anyone who shows up. There is no income requirement to receive the food. The only stipulation is that you cannot breed your pets for money.
President and founder Darlene McCaslin says that the amount of need has gone up drastically in the past two years. "In 2008 we gave away 12 thousand pounds in 1 year. Last year we gave out almost 47 pounds in one year. This year we are already up to almost 15 thousand pounds in 3 months," she states.
The organization tries to provide each person about two weeks of pet food per visit. The pantry hands out food on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2 until 3 pm in front of the SecurCare at 4729 Astrozon Blvd in Colorado Springs. They also give out food to homeless people who need help feeding their animals every first and third Saturday at the Marion House.
McCaslin says that local shelters have been generous with their donations, but the organization has still had to buy food to keep up with recent need. To donate to the organization, go to http://pikespeakpetpantry.org/ and click on make a donation.