WHITE PLAINS, NY (AP) – A New York woman is starting a pet food pantry to help people who may be forced to give up their animals because they can no longer afford to feed them.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports from White Plains

Susan Katz plans to open Hudson Valley Food Pantry in April in Valhalla, in a space donated by American Legion Post 1038. The pet food would be free to anyone who could demonstrate a need.

It would be open to residents of Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties. Eventually, Katz would like to open a separate pantry for each county.

Katz says those eligible for the free pet food would include people who lost their jobs, senior citizens on a fixed income or anyone who faces any other temporary or permanent financial hardship.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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