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HRA Offering Free Pet Food to Those in Need

In the wake of COVID-19, the Humane Rescue Alliance is reminding D.C. residents of its Pet Pantry, which supplies D.C. pet owners in need with approximately half the food needed by their owned dogs and cats each month, determined by species and weight.

Any pet owner who wishes to receive food for their pet through HRA’s Pet Pantry will be asked to complete an enrollment form on-site the first time they come to pick up food. After enrolling the first time, pet owners will be given an identification card that must be provided during each subsequent visit. Food may be picked up once per month via any of the Pet Pantry’s distribution events (listed below) for each animal who is enrolled in the program.

All distribution events are held outdoors, including in inclement weather except for freezing temperatures and below. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced. If you are showing signs of illness, please stay home.

“COVID-19 and its impact on access to resources affects the entire family, including owned animals,” said Lauren Lipsey, vice president of community programs at the Humane Rescue Alliance. “We hope that the Pet Pantry helps to alleviate some of the burden felt by families during this difficult time.”

The Pet Pantry will distribute food to enrolled clients during the following dates and times this month: 

Sunday, April 5

  • 9 – 11 a.m. at 1201 New York Ave., NE
  • 2 – 4 p.m. at 15 Oglethorpe St., NW

Tuesday, April 14

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Frederick Douglass Community Center, 2000 Alabama Ave., SE

Friday, April 17

  • 12 – 2 p.m. at Martha's Outfitters, 2204 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE

Sunday, April 19

  • 9 – 11 a.m. at 1201 New York Ave., NE
  • 2 - 4 p.m. at 15 Oglethorpe St., NW

Friday, April 24

  • 12 – 2 p.m. at Bread for the City, 1640 Good Hope Rd., SE

Additionally, HRA distributed 22 pallets of pet supplies to 12 area organizations to distribute in their communities. The receiving organizations included Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Charm City Companions, Clarke County Animal Control, Feral Cat Rescue of Southern Maryland, Loudoun County Animal Services, Loudoun Hunger Relief, Maryland SPCA, Middleburg Humane Foundation, Pets in Need in Southern Maryland, St. Mary’s Animal Control, Tri-County Animal Shelter. This effort was made possible through a generous donation of 36 pallets of pet supplies from GreaterGood.org, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets and the planet.


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