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Local group launches program to ensure families in need can feed their pets

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The Crossings Animal Society in Washington Crossing has launched a new community partnership program to ensure that families in need in Bucks and Mercer counties can feed their pets.

Dubbed “Curbside Kibble Express,” the program also aims to support local pet food stores, including Delray True Value in New Hope.

Families wishing to sponsor a pet family needing assistance sign up on the group’s website to cover the cost of one or more months of pet food. Families who need assistance also sign up on the website. Both parties can remain anonymous.

The recipient family is matched to a donor family by the program coordinator, who contacts the participating pet food store and obtains the price for a month’s worth. Then the donor family makes a donation for that amount through the website. Finally, the recipient family is contacted and told that their food is ready to be pickup up curbside, free of charge, and continues to receive pet food every month for as long as they need assistance.

“Because of covid-19, many families have lost part or all of their income,” said Crossings Animal Society in a press release. “When money becomes scarce, the risk increases that the family may surrender the cat or dog that they love. Because pets are family too, we want those families to keep their pets and to feed them well.”

Along with True Value in New Hope, participating stores are Pet Supplies Plus in Levittown and Rosedale Mills in Pennington.

The Crossings Animal Society is a non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organization begun in February 2009. Its mission is to provide quality care and a loving home for every dog and cat in Bucks County, Mercer County, and the surrounding area.

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