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Food pantries hope to keep pets and their owners together through hard times

Beagle up for adoption at Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton, OH
Beagle up for adoption at Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton, OH

The Animal Friends Humane Society in Butler County says it has seen an increase in the number of dogs abandoned by their owners... and the economy is only partially to blame.

Officials with the shelter tell Local 12 WKRC-TV that many of the animals they've picked up recently are hunting dogs, left because it's the end of hunting season. Some of the dogs coming to the shelter were Christmas gifts which their owners have now determined they can't take care of.

But most people are leaving their dogs because they were laid off early in the recession and are now running out of unemployment benefits.

Several non-profit animal rescue organizations are hoping to help with that last problem. In Butler County, the New Life Vineyard Church Food Pantry stocks not only food for people, but for pets as well. It's located at 2410 Princeton Rd in Hamilton. The pantry is open every Monday night from 6-8 p.m. You must bring proof that you are a Butler County resident. You can call (513) 737-9700 for more information.

In Monroe, the animal welfare group "Catnips and Carrots" offers a one-time assistance to families living in Monroe who need pet food, including food for dogs, cats, guinea pigs and rabbits.

 This weekend will be the first distribution of food from the new Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry at the Queen City Self-Storage Facility on Red Bank Road in Fairfax. So far, the pantry has collected some 3,000 pounds of donated pet food. They hope to be able to help pet owners and their animals stay together by offering relief. Distribution will be this Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.