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Passaic County SPCA To Open
First-Ever Countywide
Pet Pantry

Provide Emergency Pet Food Assistance for County Residents in Need

HAWTHORNE, N.J., May 8, 2019 – The Passaic County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCSPCA) announced today the official launch of its PCSPCA Pet Pantry at its headquarters at 794 Lafayette Avenue in Hawthorne.

The pantry will be open twice a month to start, including on the first Saturday of the month from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and the second Monday of the month from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The all-volunteer pantry will provide assistance to Passaic County residents who face choosing between feeding and caring for their pets and paying household bills or purchasing human food.  Residents who qualify can apply for monthly assistance.

“We are honored to be able to provide this service to our county’s residents and their pets,” said Luis Vasquez, President, PCSPCA.  “Our goal is to help people facing economic hardship be able to keep their beloved animals, rather than surrendering them to a shelter, by providing them with supplemental food, treats and other items.”

How will it work?
Passaic County residents in need will come to the pantry when it’s open, fill out a form and provide a valid photo ID and have proof of the following:

  • Passaic County residency (in the form of a utility bill)
  • Income (pay stub or tax return or current Families First Card)
  • Spay/neuter of pets (or willingness to do so)

Availability of food and treats will be available on a first come, first serve basis.  At this point, the pantry has dry and wet food for dogs and cats only.

According to PCSCPA Pet Pantry Coordinator Stephanie Hornback, “We are working hard to increase our inventory.  We want to be able to help as many people and animals as possible.  Please help us spread the word about the assistance we can provide AND the need for donations of funds and food to keep the pantry growing.”

About the Passaic County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The Passaic County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCSPCA) is a non-profit, all volunteer, humane education and advocacy group.   Operating since the 1890s, Passaic County SPCA is the ONLY agency in the county that focuses solely on the prevention of animal cruelty and neglect.

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Passaic County S.P.C.A. press release