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FOOD DRIVE - Hard Times, Still Soft Hearts for Cats

by Christi Metropole, Executive Director

The phone call to Stray Cat Alliance’s Hotline was heartbreaking. "Ivanna" in South L.A., whom Stray Cat Alliance has been helping for the past several months, told me we were her only hope. She said she had no money for cat food and her cats were hungry.

Our Volunteer Director, Paige Hodges, immediately took her a bag of cat food and our volunteer, Carol Brookshire, supplied her with cat litter. A job loss caused by a physical disability has also cost this poor lady her rental home. She is living with a friend temporarily, while she struggles to feed and keep her two pet cats, as well as provide her cat colony with food.

Many “Ivannas” have fallen on hard times. So much need means we receive so many calls for help, so we’ve begun a pet food drive to help cats. Of course, we also accept cat litter, but we primarily need food. All the pet food banks are “maxed out,” trying to feed thousands of homeless cats and those cared for by seniors and other kind citizens hit hard by the economy’s downturn.  More than ever, we ask that you help us help them—our less-fortunate community members and the cats they so diligently care for.

A Little Goes a Long Way

Food of any kind—wet, dry, expensive, inexpensive—is very much appreciated. Smart and Final sells large bags of dry food for less than $10.00—one bag can feed many cats. Costco sells in large quantities, you can catch good sales at Target and other box stores and sometimes, your neighborhood pet store and boutiques will give away expired food if you ask. So go ahead and ask.

As Stray Cat Alliance continues to concentrate our Trap/Neuter/Return efforts on South L.A., we’ll identify even more need. We are prepared to help, but we need your help, too.

Cats Have Grocery Bills, Too

Cash contributions can directly help sustain the cats. Please send a check to Stray Cat Alliance, P.O. Box 661277, Los Angeles, CA, 90066. PLEASE NOTE "CAT FOOD DRIVE" ON THE CHECK. You can also send pet store gift cards as well; please attach a note that the card “is for the cat food drive.” Donate directly on our website, via credit card or PayPal, and here’s the link:

http://www.straycatalliance.org/donate/donate/donate-direct

PLEASE MAKE SURE "CAT FOOD DRIVE" IS NOTED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION.  That ensures food for the drive is purchased with your donation. Everyone who donates food will receive a receipt for tax records.

Share the Good Word

Two last requests here: Please network our food drive to your friends, family, co-workers and social networks so no cat goes hungry. Second, we seek volunteers (old and new to us) to act as drop-off locations for contributions and to deliver the food to those with no transportation or who are too disabled.

Thank you so much for feeding our beloved felines!

Our Volunteer Director, Paige Hodges, immediately took her a bag of cat food and our volunteer, Carol Brookshire, supplied her with cat litter. A job loss caused by a physical disability has also cost this poor lady her rental home. She is living with a friend temporarily, while she struggles to feed and keep her two pet cats, as well as provide her cat colony with food.


 
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