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ASPCA® Awards Grant for GBHS Pet Pantry

Birmingham, Ala. (February 3, 2014)—The Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) has been awarded a grant from the ASPCA “Cat Food Made Possible by Nine Lives” project.

Imagine losing your best friend because you’re having trouble making ends meet. “Though heartbreaking, this scenario happens every day in our community.

Pet surrenders for families financially unable to care for their pets are an ongoing concern at the GBHS. Frequently people want to keep their pets, but simply cannot afford to right now. The Pet Pantry program helps keep pets and their families together through challenging times. This grant will make it possible to help more pets stay with their families and decrease surrenders.

The Pet Pantry program distributes food to qualified pet owners the first Saturday of every month. Pet owners must complete a proof of need application prior to disbursement of food. They must also submit a pay stub or W2 proof of income and/or public assistance to qualify. This program is intended to assist pet owners on a temporary basis. It is a requirement of the pet pantry that animals receiving benefits be altered to further reduce the pet population in the Greater Birmingham community.

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The Greater Birmingham Humane Society's mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals and people through education, advocacy, and services.