PSPCA opens pet food bank

Here's a way to keep more pets in their homes and out of the shelter: Offer dog and cat food to needy families who themselves may be turning to food banks for help. That's exactly what the Pennsylvania SPCA did opening Philadelphia's first food bank for pets.

During its grand opening today, the pet food bank helped about ten families, including a man who needed some kibble for the 15-year-old dog he had adopted from the shelter ten years ago, said spokeswoman Heather Redfern. Others came loaded with donations for the hungry pets. The food bank's opening comes as news reports reveal the economy is forcing more families to give up their beloved animals or worse, some abandon them on the streets.

The food bank will be open every other Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., at the PSPCA’s Philadelphia Adoption Center located at 350 E. Erie Avenue. The next opening is March 15. Dog and cat food, as well as cat litter, will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, email or call 215-426-6300. Individuals and organizations wishing to donate food for the program  - or towels, treats or toys for shelter residents - can stop by the PSPCA’s Philadelphia Adoption Center seven days a week. For more information on making a food donation, contact PSPCA Director of Development Rachel McCrystal at 215-426-6304, ext. 217 or