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Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe Pet Pantry Program provides free pet food for needy

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TRUCKEE and#8212; The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoeand#8217;s Pet Pantry is a and#8220;no questions askedand#8221; program that distributes donated pet food to anyone who canand#8217;t afford to feed their pets.

The tough economic times continue to affect Truckee-Tahoe residents and their pets, forcing some families to give up beloved companions due to financial hardship. To help prevent this, the HSTT has implemented the Pet Pantry Program.

and#8220;Itand#8217;s heartbreaking to see people have to leave their pets with us,and#8221; said Stephanie Jensen, executive director of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. and#8220;Our shelter is filling up with pets that cannot be cared for due to their ownersand#8217; financial situations.and#8221;

Under the slogan and#8220;Give what you can, take what you need,and#8221; the nonprofit collects pet food and distributes it to needy families with pets in the Truckee-Tahoe area. Extra pet food or donations can be dropped off at collection barrels in Truckee at Pet Station and Scraps Dog Bakery.

The HSTT will also be collecting food at events throughout the summer, including the Village at Squaw during Brews, Jazz, and Funk Fest Aug. 13-14 and Peaks and Paws Aug. 27-28.

and#8220;Ultimately, the programs helps people keep their pets rather than give them up because they canand#8217;t afford to feed them,and#8221; Jensen said.

Anyone in need of pet food can pick it up at the Town of Truckeeand#8217;s kennel, located at 10720 Riverview Drive in Truckee. The kennel is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed for lunch, noon and#8211; 1 p.m.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of pets through adoptions, community spay/neuter services and humane education programs. To learn more about HSTT, call 530-587-5948 or visit http://www.hstt.org.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com