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Pet food bank in Hattiesburg to help pet owners in need

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The Southern Pines Animal Shelter and the Edwards Street Fellowship Center in Hattiesburg are teaming up to start a pet food bank to provide emergency help to pet owners in need.

The two organizations say that for families living in poverty the burden to give up their pets because they can't feed them is just one more hardship. They hope by providing supplemental free pet food to these families will help to reduce the number of animals that are surrendered at the shelter. By starting the pet food bank they also hope to ensure people are not neglecting their own nutritional needs by feeding their pets instead of themselves.

"The City of Hattiesburg has an ordinance that only six pets can be kept in any one household so we will not give food out for more than six pets," said Ann McCullen, Exec. Dir. Edwards Street fellowship Center. "That will be once a month. We have a computer system that keeps up with how often people visit. When they come here for human food they need to show proof of I-D and re-certify their income every three months. So the same criteria will be used for pet food."

Food distribution is done at Edwards Street Fellowship Center on Thursday's and Friday's between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Donations of pet food can be dropped off at the Edwards Street Fellowship Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and at the Southern Pines Spay and Neuter Clinic at 1304 Hardy Str. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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