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Local community collective opens pet food bank

A new pet food bank just opened in the tri-cities aimed at helping pets in need
519 Community Collective opens its new Pet Care program offering those in need a new pet food bank.

With the cost of living still rising things like gas, groceries and even the cost of owning a pet has increased. A local community based organization has started a new program to help pet owners care for their furry friends during tough times. 

519 Community Collective, which has a headquarters in Cambridge, just opened its Pet Care Program that will start accepting donations and allow community members to access help for their pets. 

“I am thrilled to officially announce that 519CC’s Emergency Pet Care and Food Bank is live and of-fur a friendly paw to Tri-City’s most vulnerable pets,” said Julia Hoang, director for the Pet Care Program in a Facebook post. “We are fur-ever thankful for the community’s donations that make this paw-esome program possible,” 

The program is completely volunteer based and receives no funding from anywhere but the community. 

“This emergency program is designed to help feed and care for Tri-Cities' most vulnerable pets. Our primary focus is to make sure pets do not go hungry. This program is made possible by our dedicated volunteers and donations,” said 519 Community Collective in an email. 

The program is currently operating as a pick-up only service for the care packages and will be offered bi-weekly in the parking lot of Hofstetter Park in Kitchener.

At the moment, the community collective’s pet hampers generally only serve cats and dogs, but they are working with community partners to accommodate other small animals. 

People looking to volunteer or donate to the collective can contact them at 

Anyone needing to request an emergency pet food hamper can find the forms on their Facebook page here

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