Animal lovers will do whatever is necessary to keep their furry family members happy. But with a harsh economy and many New Jerseyans still reeling from the effects of Super Storm Sandy a few years back, many have had to part with their beloved furry friends because they simply couldn’t afford to feed them. But now, if you live in Monmouth County and the surrounding area, you no longer have to make that excruciating choice.
You’ve heard about food banks for people. Now there is The Pet Pantry in Eatontown, part of the Monmouth County SPCA. It’s basically a food bank for your pets, but it can also help you with spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchips, other pet services you may not be able to afford. The goal of The Pet Pantry is to keep your furbabies out of the shelter.
The Pet Pantry arose from the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. Many area residents were struggling with feeding their families, let alone feeding their pets. Volunteers went door to door passing out pet food and supplies to those in need. That effort grew into The Pet Pantry.
According to Ken McKeel, manager of the Monmouth County SPCA’s Pet Pantry, “I think the mission statement for the pantry is simple, and that is not to let any animal go hungry and to never make people choose between feeding themselves or feeding their furry kids, or be forced to surrender their animals to a shelter because they have fallen on hard times.”
The Pet Pantry is the first of its kind in New Jersey, but expansion plans are already in the works. McKeel’s goal is to be able to assist any family in New Jersey that is in a difficult financial situation that may cause them to surrender their pets. Here are the facts and how you can get help.
Where is The Pet Pantry?
The Pet Pantry is located at 260 Wall Street, Eatontown, N.J. You can call them at 732-440-1170 or visit them online HERE.
What are The Pet Pantry’s hours?
The Pet Pantry is currently open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday. The facility is closed on Saturday and Sunday, but donations can be dropped off at the main building during those times.
How can I get help from The Pet Pantry?
Bring proof of spay/neuter of your pet (or willingness to spay/neuter), proof of income and a valid photo I.D. to The Pet Pantry during the hours posted above.
How can I help?
You can donate cash or supplies. Donations always needed are dry and wet dog and cat food, cat litter, litter scoops, leashes and other pet items. All funds raised go to purchases of food and spay/neuter surgeries for pets supported by the project. The Pet Pantry relies on the community for donations.
“We want people to succeed as responsible pet owners, and we help them by giving them whatever assistance they need. Our main goal is to prevent surrenders,” said SPCA Community Liaison Isa Fowler, who has been with the nonprofit for eight years.