BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry has been serving the community since 2009. Since it opened, it has distributed over 100,000 pounds of food to pet owners in need.
"It's very hard, we have to give knit picks to our animals so this really helps" one pet owner admits as she received her generous donation.
The non-profit organization focuses on providing the food to keep families and their pets together.
"We do this so no pet that has a loving family will be left behind because of a low income situation" Cindy Ronhehan, the organizations secretary said.
The pantry further assists and encourages owners to have their pets spayed or neutered to help control Bakersfield's growing pet population. There are several different options available for families in need to have their pets fixed at a low cost.
The pantry is a volunteer organization that solely depends on the community's help and donations to keep the food in stock and running.
The organization's director Cindy Frye asked for the community's help to keep the center open.
"We just want the community's support behind us to keep this pantry full and keep doing what were doing. We are all volunteers."
Donations are always accepted and can be dropped off at the facility or one of the seven drop off locations listed on their website at http://bakersfieldpetfoodpantry.org
Those in need can provide documents and receive needed pet food on Saturdays between 11a.m.-12p.m.