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Free pet food April 28th for pet owners financially impacted as a result of COVID-19

Orange County Animal Services is preparing to make available nearly five tons of free pet food at the South Econ Recreation Center, 3850 S. Econlockhatchee Trail, on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12 p.m. The free pet food is for pet owners financially impacted as a result of COVID-19.

The event will be setup in a drive-thru fashion, in order to minimize contact, with people able to select up to two bags or cases of food on a first come, first served basis.

“Coincidentally, April 28 is also National Superhero Day, which we think is quite apt for our third major food giveaway event because pet owners truly are superheroes in the eyes of their animals,” said Diane Summers, manager for Orange County Animal Services. “We want to provide means to keep animals in their homes, to mitigate any chance they’d be surrendered to our shelter and making this food available to those in need is one way we accomplish that goal.”

Hill’s Science Diet donated 10 pallets of dog and cat food to Orange County Animal Services for the event, with an estimated value of more than $44,000.

“The size of this donation is awe-inspiring and we want to be sure to praise Hill’s Science Diet for their continued dedication to helping pets, both in the shelter and in the community,” added Summers.

Through this event, Orange County Animal Services aims to help hundreds of pet owners, some of which may be on the brink of having to surrender their pets due to financial limitations.

Those interested in learning more are invited to check out the event page on Facebook.


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