Animal owners in need can turn to new pet food pantry

December 26, 2019 GMT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Two Vermont women have started a pet food pantry to assist animal owners in need.

Linda Groce and Theresa Jones opened the pantry Dec. 17 and plan to keep it open until January, the Rutland Herald reported.

“We have a bunch of donations of dog food and cat food and we’re looking for people that are in need, that are struggling with bills during the holidays. They can come and pick up some free (pet) food,” Groce said Monday.

Groce said she was inspired by a similar effort in another city.

The pantry will accept pet food donations Monday through Thursday.

If the pantry continues to do well, and if space permits, the pair would like to bring it back next year, Groce said.

Leftover donations will be donated to the Rutland Cupboard, local rescue organizations and the Feline Connection.