• About
  • Careers
  • Newsletter
News Local Pet food bank assists families in need

Pet food bank assists families in need

-

Brittany McAlister loads the Southern Pines Spay and Neuter Clinic van with pet food for the pet food bank. Hunt Mercier/Printz
Brittany McAlister loads the Southern Pines Spay and Neuter Clinic van with pet food for the pet food bank.
Hunt Mercier/Printz

Many families in America are pet owners. While some of them have no issues buying what is needed for themselves and their animals, others who have a lower income often make sacrifices to make sure that their furry loved ones are well taken care of. Now, locals will have aid in taking care of animals.

Southern Pines Animal Shelter and Edwards Street Fellowship Center (ESFC) are in the midst of partnering with each other to create a pet food bank for needy families in Hattiesburg.

According to a press release, ESFC has a food bank that provides over 1,000 emergency meals for lower income individuals on a monthly basis. However, branching out to feeding animals is a new event for the organization.
Ann McCullen, executive director for EFSC, said one of the two reasons for the creation of the pet food bank is to ensure that animal owners are not going without what they need to keep their pets well-fed and healthy. The second reason is to reduce the amount of animals that are sent to shelters simply because their families can no longer afford to take care of them.

The bank is asking that men and women donate dry or canned dog, cat, puppy or kitten food to Edwards Street Fellowship Center at 1919 Edwards St. Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations can also be taken to Southern Pines Animal Shelter at 1304 Hardy St.

Research and Development Manager of Southern Pines Animal Shelter Valerie Rachal said they were inspired to build the food bank in 2013 when employees of the shelter distributed food, dog houses, food bowls and dog toys to lower income pet owners after the tornado hit in February 2013.

Rachal said families from eight counties surrounding Hattiesburg who qualify as low income according to EFSC standards and who have applied to receive emergency food for themselves will also be eligible to receive pet food for a maximum of six dogs and cats.

“It was hard to imagine how some of these families could afford to care for pets, but clearly they loved their pets and they were doing their best,” Rachal said.

Kirstie Lowery
Hello! : ) I am a broadcast journalism student at The University of Southern Mississippi. I am originally from Aurora, Colorado. I love the color gold and I love doing plays and short films!

Latest news

Southern Miss Baseball’s historic run comes up short in Oxford Regional

Southern Miss put up a memorable fight through five games in the Oxford...

Southern Miss Baseball earns chance to host regional tournament

Last week, Southern Miss made the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee’s list of 20 potential sites to...

Robert Brent fondly remembered by students and staff

Robert Brent, a junior at the University at Southern Mississippi, unexpectedly passed away at the beginning of...

University extends condolences to families, community members after plane crash

During the overnight hours last night, The University of Southern Mississippi was notified of a tragic plane...

Saweetie and Little Mix celebrate their independence with “Confetti”

Sometimes, a breakup is more of a celebration than a sad event. Pop group Little Mix returned...

Southern Miss NFL Draft prospects look to continue careers as free agents

Though Southern Miss's two NFL Draft prospects were not selected in this year’s draft, wide receiver Tim...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you