HAUPPAUGE, NEW YORK, September 8, 2017 – As local animal shelters participate in recovery efforts in Houston by rescuing animals caught in floodwaters, Long Island Cares is taking measures to assure that animals that are brought back to Long Island are fed. The nonprofit, which operates Baxter’s Pet Pantry, will give Long Island families in need who adopt or temporarily take in animals a free six-month supply of pet food.
“Our warehouse is filled with pet food, and we are ready to help,” said Paule T. Pachter, CEO of Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank. “Families in need who generously open their hearts and homes to animals rescued from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey should reach out to Long Island Cares for pet food.”
Families on Long Island are encouraged to contact Long Island Cares directly by calling 631-582-FOOD (3663).
Currently, four local animal shelters are involved in efforts to rescue animals in the Houston area: Little Shelter, in Huntington; Long Beach Animal Shelter, in Long Beach; Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) of the Hamptons, in Wainscott; and Posh Pets Rescue in Long Beach.
In light of news about Hurricane Irma, Pachter stated that Long Island Cares will continue to offer free six-month supplies of pet food to Long Island families who help care for pets that might be rescued from Florida as well.
Baxter’s Pet Pantry was developed in partnership with the Animal Relief Fund Inc. (ARF). It makes free pet food and pet supplies available to pet-owning families in need in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York.
Long Island Cares mission:
Founded by the late Harry Chapin, Long Island Cares brings together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry and food insecure on Long Island and, to the best of our ability, provides for the humanitarian needs of our community. Our goals are to improve food security for families, sponsor programs that help families achieve self-sufficiency, and educate the general public about the causes and consequences of hunger on Long Island. Our vision is A Hunger Free Long Island.