A new program from the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter is helping ease the burden on families struggling to make ends meet and care for their furry friends during tough economic times.

The shelter will launch its pet food bank program this Saturday in an effort to reduce the number of animals being abandoned because owners can’t afford to care for them. The first location will be Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the AMEN Food Pantry on Cruise Street across from Refreshments, Inc.

Shelter Director Charlotte Doehner said they’ve seen an extremely high number of dogs and cats being dumped on roadsides, left at the shelter and surrendered to the shelter by owners and she believes many of these situations can be traced to families and individuals who are simply unable to afford to provide for their pets.

“I know it’s been an extremely tough year. We needed to do something to be able to help keep those pets in the homes,” she said.

The result was the new pet food bank program. Those needing help can come to the locations and receive free food for their pets.

Doehner hopes this program, along with the successful ACSpay low cost spay and neuter program, will help reduce the burden on struggling pet owners and keep more animals with their families where they belong.

The food bank will be held each Saturday from 1p.m. until 3 pm. on a schedule taking it to four different locations across the county. The first Saturday will be at AMEN Food Pantry. Each second Saturday will be at Union Center School. Each third Saturday will be at the Rienzi Mayor’s Office and each fourth Saturday will be at Farmington Heritage Park.

Doehner said donations are also needed to support the program. Anyone who can help provide either food or financial support can drop their donations at the shelter or call them at 662-284-5800 for more information on how to help.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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