Wednesday, The Orange County NC Animal Services department posted on Facebook that it was seeking donations of pet food, especially dog food, for its Pet Food Assistance Pantry.
The goal of the Pet Food Assistance Program is to help provide pet food to Orange County residents struggling to cover financial costs due to lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic. . Community members who wish to donate can do so online through OCAS’ Amazon wishlist or bring unopened bags of pet food to the shelter at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. You can bring donations to the shelter during opening hours or leave donations on the designated shelves outside the adoption entrance at any time.
According to the Orange County Animal Services website, you must be “an Orange County resident” to apply for pet food assistance and “your application does not guarantee assistance. [OCAS] wants to help as many residents as possible, but pet food will only be distributed to Orange County residents while it is available. Those looking for help can submit an online request form.
“As part of our ongoing mission to provide care and services to animals and people in need throughout our community, Orange County Animal Services is working to help those facing financial hardship at this time,” states OCAS on its website.
Additionally, Orange County Animal Services will be hosting its first low-cost rabies vaccination and microchipping clinic of the year this Saturday. The drive-in clinic will take place at the Eubanks Road Park and Ride in Chapel Hill and will run from 9 a.m. to noon. The clinic will offer 1-year and 3-year vaccines for $10 and requires pet owners to have a previous rabies certificate on hand in order to receive the 3-year vaccine. Microchips will be available for $35 each and pets do not need to be vaccinated against rabies to receive a microchip.
According to its website, the department asks everyone to stay in their car and wear a mask when interacting with volunteers and staff. The clinic will accept card payments, but cash payments are preferred if possible to help the line move faster.
For more information about the Vaccination and Microchipping Clinic: Call 919-942-7387 or visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/308/Low-Cost-Clinics
For more information about the Pet Food Assistance Program: Call 919-942-7387 or visit www.orangecountync.gov/PetFoodAssistance
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