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February 08, 2016

Pet Food Pantries Help Owners Feed Hungry Cats and Dogs

Pet food pantries are popping up across the country to help people feed their furry companions, according to The New York Times.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has given out $400,000 in grants since 2010 to 121 groups to support programs to distribute free pet food. The trend stems in part from a desire on the part of animal welfare organizations to keep cats and dogs out of shelters by assisting their owners. 

Some nonprofit leaders have criticized pet food pantries, calling instead for more support for food banks that aim to alleviate human hunger.