4 Paws Pantry lends a paw to families in need
Our furry friends are more than just pets; they’re family and deserve to be treated as such. That’s why Sandi Smith and Betty Crawford have opened 4 Paws Pantry TN on Signal Mountain. Their goal is heartwarming: to help families in times of need feed their pets.
Often, when families enter hard economic times, buying groceries becomes difficult and pets’ needs become a cutback in the budget. Through partnerships with companies like Sam’s Club, 4 Paws receives bags of dog and cat food that are past the “sell by” date, but are still good.
They then provide those bags of food, based on the weight of the dog or cat in need, to Hamilton County residents with spayed or neutered animals—one month of food per animal for six months.
4 Paws Pantry TN is a free-standing pet food bank, meaning they are affiliated with multiple shelter and rescue organizations such as McKamey, HES, Pet Placement, and many more charitable organizations in the Chattanooga area. So far this year, they have given out 3,617 pounds of dry food, helping 169 dogs, 133 cats, and 7 kittens.
Considering that the total of food donated during all of last year was 3,600 pounds, it’s obvious the need is out there. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made through PayPal on their site.
Find out more at 4pawspantrytn.wix.com/4paws, follow them on Twitter, @4PawsPantry, and like them on Facebook.