The SPCA Cincinnati Introduces Chow Now Pantry to Support Pet Parents
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The SPCA Cincinnati is proud to introduce its current initiative: Chow Now Pantry! This program is fostered by a relationship with Clossman Catering in which we will feed 700 dogs, as well as cats and small animals, weekly. The SPCA Cincinnati has been Cincinnati’s hometown shelter since 1873, with many “firsts” to benefit animal welfare – the Chow Now Pantry is another first. The public health crisis has placed a financial strain on families, and one of the most critical resources for every community is access to food. We are looking to fill in the gap for pet parents who need assistance. This initiative will continue for as long as there is an opportunity to serve, in an effort to combat the challenges of the current pandemic.
The SPCA Cincinnati will reach the community through our Chow Now Pantry Food Truck that will visit various pop up locations in the Greater Cincinnati area. Pop up locations have been identified with our partner, Tikkun Farms. Tikkun Farms is a 3.5-acre family farm in Mt. Healthy.
How can you help? Bring dry or canned pet food, as well as anything for small animals, to the SPCA Cincinnati in Sharonville at 11900 Conrey Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249. Stay tuned to the SPCA Cincinnati's Facebook page for ongoing information on contactless drop off through the shelter’s Humane Education doors.
Current Chow Now Pantry drop offs are between 1-5 p.m. on the following dates:
- December 18-20
- January 2-3
- January 15-17
“The Chow Now Pantry is something we’ve been planning to implement for a while now,” says Mike Retzlaff, VP of Operations at the SPCA Cincinnati. “Our goal is to keep people and pets together! Pets give hope and comfort that everyone deserves, especially through challenging times. The Chow Now Pantry initiative helps make our goals possible, providing essential resources to maintain their health.”
An estimated 10 million pets could be displaced in the coming months because of renters at risk of eviction during the pandemic, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Statistics such as this is something the SPCA Cincinnati is cognizant of, and is working to prevent in our region.
For inquiries regarding this program, please reach Nyketa Gaffney, SPCA Cincinnati’s Public Relations Manager, at 513-526-3767 or by email at Ngaffney@spcacincinnati.org.