December 19, 2020

Columbus Humane, other groups provide supplies for pets in need

By haziqbinarif

Volunteer Tracy Greaves confirms a list of donations to be picked up by a recipient while other volunteers carry donations to awaiting cars at Columbus Humane in Hilliard as part of the agency's pet food assistance program on Saturday. [Gaelen Morse/Dispatch photos]

Local animal protection organizations have stepped up to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and increased services to support pet owners through personal and financial hardships.

Columbus Humane expanded its community food bank and created the pet food assistance program in April when it began to see people struggling to make ends meet and feed their furry companions.

“After COVID-19 and everyone went into quarantine and a lot of people were experiencing financial impact, we didn’t see a lot of surrenders,” said Brittany Williams, the agency’s director of marketing. “What we saw was an increase in need to help keep their pets in homes.”

The program provides pickup and delivery of food, supplies and other resources.

“We hand out food bowls, toys, treats, collars, harnesses, leashes. Pretty much if anyone can ask for it, we can probably find it,” said Anna Lunsford, a humane agent with Columbus Humane.

Tina, a Groveport pet owner who asked that her last name not be used, has two dogs and began receiving help from Columbus Humane delivery volunteers in July.

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