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Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry Officially Open

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A Dog – File / Photo: VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images

A Dog – File / Photo: VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images

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VALHALLA, NY (WCBS 880) – With the chewing of a bone and a ribbon by Macy the dog, the Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry officially opened its doors Wednesday to assist those who need help buying food for their pets.

“We have dog food, cat food, rabbit food and bird food,” said founder and president of Hudson Valley Food Pantry Susan Katz.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports: Chewing Of The Ribbon Opens Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry

Broadway dog Annie Star Macy cuts the ribbon at the Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry - Valhalla, NY - May 18, 2011 (credit: Catherine Cioffi / WCBS 880)

Broadway dog Annie Star Macy cuts the ribbon at the Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry - Valhalla, NY - May 18, 2011 (credit: Catherine Cioffi / WCBS 880)

Katz says the non-profit organization helps those who are thinking about giving up their pets or going without themselves because they can’t pay their pet food bills.

“Many senior citizens who are our clients, we have a lot of seniors, are doing without for themselves so that they can feed their pets. And now that we’re helping, they can do a little bit more,” she said.

The pet food pantry is located on the bottom floor of the American Legion Post 1038 building in Valhalla and serves the residents of Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties.

The pet food is free to seniors, the disabled, veterans or anyone who can demonstrate a need.

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