WPCNR FUR AND PAW PATTER. By Peter Katz. October 29, 2014:
On Monday evening, the Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry celebrated its fourth year of helping prevent pets from being abandoned or surrendered to shelters because their owners face economic hardship and can no longer afford to feed them.
The combination celebration and fundraiser was held at Vintage Restaurant on Main Street in White Plains, above, and featured a buffet dinner, silent auction, and raffle. The event was attended by the organization’s Board members, volunteers, and supporters.
Also on hand were New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and former New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer.
Felicia Fried of the Greater New York Region of the American Red Cross (Center, above) read a letter from Maritza Meadows, Deputy Program Manager for Emergency Services. The Red Cross praised the Pet Food Pantry for the work it does, and gave special thanks to Susan Katz (Pantry Founder, right) for the Pantry’s ongoing efforts in helping the Red Cross meet the needs of disaster victims: The letter read:
“Your assistance to residents of Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Dutchess counties to help them provide for and feed their pets is an important contribution to these people and their communities,” the Red Cross said.
Monday’s event was supported by the ASPCA, which has consistently aided the Pantry’s operations.
The Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry will begin its fifth year of operation on January 1, 2015. Each month, the Pantry provides free pet food to 300 needy families and individuals. This helps provide proper nutrition for more than 700 pets, enabling them to remain at home.
Their web site is at www.hvpetfoodpantry.com and their phone number is (914) 907-3487. The Pantry operates in rented space at the Ridgeview Congregational Church in White Plains.