PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two animal welfare organizations will be spending Veterans Day in West Philadelphia giving out free dog and cat food to veterans and active military personnel in need.
No Dog Gets Left Behind, a Philadelphia-based organization, helps reunite combat troops with stray dogs they bonded with while deployed overseas. Together with the Pennsylvania SPCA, they are hosting the free pet food pantry, both via walk-up or drive-thru.
“We understand what’s going on with COVID, and just trying to help to get as many resources out to families as possible, we felt this is the best way we can serve veterans on Veterans Day,” said Mandy Hood, outreach and humane education manager for PSPCA.
“Anyone who is coming,” she continued, “we ask if you’re walking up to bring a cart. Definitely don’t forget to wear your mask, and if you have any questions about any other services in the city, we will be providing information about low-cost pet resources, information for active military who need fosters for pets, and all kinds of different programs that may be available to folks in need in the city.”
The pop-up pantry will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last, on Wednesday, at the corner of 47th Street and Fairmount Avenue. Those utilizing the drive-thru should enter the line from Brown Street.