Nonprofit spay and neuter clinic the United Coalition for Animals (UCAN) is hosting a food drive and fundraiser to help get dog and cat food and cat litter to those in need.
As a result of business closures prompted by COVID-19, many people are finding themselves out of work or working less hours, which has taken an unexpected financial toll. And just like America's food pantries are seeing a huge increase in need — Feeding America reported a 98 percent increase in demand for food assistance at their food banks — the struggle to pay for pet food is a real concern.
UCAN says, "Many pet owners in our community are struggling to feed their pets during this difficult time. Please help by donating to our pet food drive! If you can't drop off items, please make a donation and we'll purchase what is needed for the drive."
The drive takes place noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at their center at 2830 Colerain Ave. in Camp Washington.
To donate dog food, cat food or cat litter, simply place the donations in your trunk before arriving. Then pull to the left side of their parking lot, stay in your car and pop your trunk when a volunteer approaches.
If you are in need of pet food or litter, you can also visit UCAN during those hours on Saturday. Pull into the parking lot and wait and a volunteer will ask you questions about your pet and deposit the food or litter in your trunk.
UCAN says they have dog food right now but not much cat food.
Also, if you need food or litter but do not have transportation, call 513-238-3306 and they can do curbside drop off if they have food or litter left.
In addition to UCAN, Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue in Clermont County is also hosting a pet food and donation drive from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
The Brown County Humane Society also has a pet food pantry that they say is stocked.