Reporting Susan Richard
By Susan Richard, 1010 WINS
While technically the economic recession may have ended, many Americans are still struggling. As families cut corners, record numbers of pet owners are being forced to give up their furry friends. Shelters across the New York Metro area are being inundated with surrendered animals, as people struggle to provide even the basics, such as food.
But there’s good news. Born out of the crisis, are two local organizations that are providing pet food to New Yorkers in need.
The Animal Relief Fund, founded by Susan Kaufman, has teamed up with both the Food Bank for New York City and Long Island Cares to make pet food available at 160 human food pantries in the five boroughs, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
North of the city, Susan Katz is the force behind the Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry, which is servicing eligible residents of Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess.