Blue Ridge Humane Society celebrates one year of free pet food giveaways

Press release from the Blue Ridge Humane Society: 

Blue Ridge Humane Society marks one year of free pet food giveaways in May, as the monthly giveaways continue.

Blue Ridge Humane Community Outreach staff will host two giveaways this month as well as provide food and support for the Interfaith Assistance Ministry’s Drive-Thru Tuesdays on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The first pet food giveaway of the month will take place on Monday, May 10, 3pm-5:30pm at the BRHS Adoption Center located at 88 Centipede Lane in Hendersonville, NC.

Superman, a local cat, visits a recent giveaway. Courtesy of BRHS

Pet owners who need pet food are invited to the following drive-thru giveaways:

  • Monday, May 10, 3pm-5:30pm, Blue Ridge Humane Society Adoption Center, located at 88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville, NC.
  • Saturday, May 22, 10am-1pm, at the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County Parking Lot, located at 304 Ashe St, Hendersonville, NC.
  • Tuesday, May 25 , 3pm-6pm, Interfaith Assistance Ministry, 310 Freeman Street, Hendersonville, NC as part of Drive-Thru Tuesday.

Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last to those in need or affected by COVID-19. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to do the same during the drive-thru pick-up. Masks are required to be worn during pick-up. Additional resources and supplies will also be available first come, first serve.

Since May 2020, 4,885 animals have been fed through the giveaways that have taken place across the county each month.  Access to pet food means that owners with limited resources don’t have to make the difficult choice of feeding themselves or their pet, or surrendering to a shelter.

A dog at a BRHS pet food giveaway gets a treat for coming along. Courtesy of BRHS

“We’ve gotten to help families take care of their furry members in important ways,” shares Megan Burnett, Community Programs Manager. “There is a big need for pet food and supplies, and being able to help so many pets get the food and supplies they need to stay with their owners makes a positive impact in our community.”

If a pet owner is in need of food but unable to attend the pick-up, please call or text the BRHS helpline at (828) 393-5832.

Since May 2020, Blue Ridge Humane has hosted distributions on a monthly basis to provide pet food for the community in response to COVID-19, feeding over 4,885 pets though the free giveaways and providing over 50,000 lbs of pet food to local food banks through BRHS’s community outreach programs, where BRHS has seen a 31 percent increase in demand for pet food assistance.

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