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Public donations help local pet food bank to remain open

By: Kerri Corrado

JOHNSTOWN, Pa.

One local church is providing dry pet food to families struggling to feed their pets.

"We were completely wiped out, we had nothing," director of animal welfare Steve Hoover said.

The pet food bank asked the public for help as its food and funds were running low due to food expenses. The bank serves over 180 families in the area.

Hoover says his food bank was in danger of shutting down and upsetting those that rely on it to feed their animals.

The bins were empty, but a week later, the same room was filled with dry pet food.

Hoover's wish to keep the pet food bank open came true. He says he couldn't have done it without all of the support from the public.

"I have always felt since I have been here that Johnstown was a wonderful place to live," he said.

He opened a food bank a few months ago in hopes  of helping families, rescue groups, and local shelters struggling financially to feed the animals.

"Going through hard financial times as it is without having to give up your beloved family member," he said.

Hoover says the doors will stay open and he hopes the public will keep supporting the efforts.

 

 
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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times

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