(Apple Valley)– The holidays can be tough for families on a limited budget, and even tougher for pets that are turned loose by families that can’t afford to feed them anymore. To decrease the number of pets relinquished due to financial hardship, the Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter is offering a week’s worth of pet food to the first 100 low-income Apple Valley residents who qualify.
“People shouldn’t have to choose between feeding their family and feeding their pet, it’s heartbreaking,” said Animal Care Specialist Levi James. “This program may be the difference between keeping a pet in a forever home, or turning it into the shelter or out on the street.”
The program comes just in time to make the holidays merry for people and their pets and is made possible through donations of food from community members and local organizations. The shelter is looking at the possibility of expanding the program if food donations continue.
Applications will be accepted at the shelter from December 19 to 22. Applications are available at the shelter, at Town Hall, and on the web at www.AVAnimals.org. Approved applicants will receive a call on December 23 for food pickup between December 26 and December 30. The shelter is located at 22131 Powhatan Road at Quinnault Road in Apple Valley. Although Town Hall will be closed between Christmas and January 3, the shelter will remain open on a limited schedule December 26 to 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact the Town of Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter for details at (760) 240-7000 x7555.