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Alley Cat Allies delivering cat and dog food to Tallahassee amid COVID-19 crises

Posted at 8:40 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 18:26:30-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Alley Cat Allies is holding a free distribution of cat and dog food for families and community cat caregivers amid the COVID-19 crises.

According to a press release, the donation to Second Harvest of the Big Bend is the latest in a series of bulk animal food relief shipments that Alley Cat Allies is providing through Feeding Florida food banks during the coronavirus crisis as it focuses on Keeping Families Together.

The food distribution will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Legacy Toyota, 3800 W. Tennessee Street.

“As people lose paychecks, there is a risk they may consider relinquishing the animals to shelters, and we want to do everything we can to prevent that from happening,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Our goals are to provide food to help families, including people and animals, to stay together, while also providing food for caregivers to continue supporting community cats.”

The joint effort with Second Harvest of the Big Bend nonprofit food bank builds upon Alley Cat Allies’ work with the rest of the Feeding Florida network.

“We recognize the important role pets play in providing comfort and companionship,” said Monique R. Ellsworth, CEO of Second Harvest. “Often, our most vulnerable citizens will go hungry, or cut their medications, so that they can afford to feed their beloved pet. Providing pet food relief helps ensure people don’t have to make these hard choices, and helps people stretch their funds for other essential expenses.”

Alley Cat Allies has already shipped thousands of pounds of cat and dog food to Feeding South Florida in April.

Through this ongoing initiative, Alley Cat Allies will work through the Feeding Florida network of regional food banks and thousands of pantries to provide food for cats and dogs at no cost to them during the coronavirus pandemic.

Alley Cat Allies has also provided emergency grants to dozens of animal organizations across the country for food, medical care, vaccinations and other urgent needs.

For more information about Alley Cat Allies food donations, click here.