New Pasadena Pet Food Pantry Helps Financially-Stressed Families Feed, Keep Beloved Pets

Published : Friday, August 2, 2019 | 5:18 AM

VCA Charities, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that supports programs and organizations that directly help pets in need, is expanding its national Pet Food Pantry program to the Pasadena area by partnering with the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA on Saturday, August 3, for the first VCA Charities Pet Food Pantry food distribution event in the City.

The event will be held at the Pasadena Humane Society located at 361 S. Raymond Avenue, where the PHS and SPCA holds its Helping Paws Pet Food Bank distribution every first Saturday of the month. The event is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

VCA Charities launched its first Pet Food Pantry location in Venice in June 2010. The program was created to provide nutritious pet food to needy families to help keep their pets healthy and happy. Since then, the program has expanded to 33 locations in 21 states, including the latest Pasadena location, a VCA Charities announcement said.

“At that time, an increasing number of pets were being taken to animal hospitals for euthanasia or abandoned when their owners could no longer bear the cost of caring for them,” Brandon Antin, VCA vice president of social responsibility and innovation, said. “By providing free meals, we have helped many families hold onto the loving and comforting bond their pets provide.”

Since 2010, VCA Charities and Hill’s have provided these pets with more than two million meals.

“We are so appreciative to the Pasadena Humane Society and the local VCA hospital associates for stepping up to help make a better world for pets,” Ryne Meadors, VCA Charities Director, said. “By establishing the VCA Charities Pet Food Pantry program here, we are able to partner and work with the Pasadena Humane Society to make a difference in the lives of pets in the local community.”

To learn more about the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA, visit www.pasadenahumane.org.

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