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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. Follow the SPCA Cincinnati on Facebook for more Chow Now Pantry information!
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.
Current Chow Now Pantry drop-offs are between 12-3 p.m. on the following dates:
- December 4 & 5
- December 18 & 19
“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 are something the SPCA Cincinnati is cognizant of and is working to prevent in our region.
For inquiries regarding this program, please reach Denise Jones, SPCA Cincinnati’s Senior Operations Manager, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SPCA Cincinnati also serves Veterans in our community by providing essential items for their animals at home. We continue to serve our Veterans with a return visit each month to the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
From a letter received from the Executive Medical Center Director after our first visit:
"On behalf of the Cincinnati VAMC patients and staff, we would like to extend our appreciation to you for your donations of approximately 2,000 pounds of dog and cat food, cat litter, treats, cleaning supplies, etc. for our Veterans with animals.
It is through the efforts of community partners like you that allow us to continue the quality care and services that we seep to provide or deserving Veterans. We look forward to the opportunity to with you again for future events."
Photos from Tikkun Farms