Pet Food Pantry to Celebrate Its Grand Reopening

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The Chester County Pet Food Pantry is celebrating two milestones this October: the relocation of its headquarters to serve a larger community of families in need, and a key community partnership.

The Chester County Pet Food Pantry is pleased to announce its grand reopening, scheduled for Saturday, October 5th , 2013. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its headquarters, 371 Circle of Progress in Pottstown, Montgomery County.

The Chester County Pet Food Pantry to date has donated to families in crisis over 19,000 lbs of dry dog and cat food; 9.000 cans of wet dog and cat food; and 3,000 pounds of food for ferrets, birds, rabbits and farm animals. The Pantry is a part of 2 Moon Junction Animal House Project, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

The Pantry’s Mission Statement has a goal of keeping companion pets at home and out of shelters. Since 2004, the organization had been operating out of a smaller location in Chester County. In 2013, due to growth, increased community involvement, and the desire to help families in surrounding communities, the Pantry was moved to a larger facility in Pottstown. From this centralized Montgomery County location, volunteers hope to service families in Montgomery, Chester and Berks Counties.

In addition to distributing donated pet food, the Pantry also distributes pet care items and veterinary vouchers to families in crises or who fall within 200% of federal poverty guidelines. We will also offer educational programs, veterinary assistance programs, low-cost grooming and assistance with pet placement.

The Pottstown location will be open the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition, the Pantry is pleased to announce a Community Partnership with Downingtown Borough for the location of the Chester County Mobile Pet Food Pantry. The mobile pet food pantry will help to service the Families in the Chester County areas who are unable to travel to the Pottstown Location. The first mobile event will take place on Saturday, October 19th from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Downingtown Borough parking lot, and every third Saturday of the month thereafter from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Families in crisis are invited to complete an Assistance Application online or in person to become clients of the Pantry. We are also accepting pet food donations at the Pottstown location.

For more information about the Animal House Project d/b/a Chester County Pet Food Pantry, or to apply to become a volunteer, contact Marybeth Yannessa at 484-558-0467. Or visit the organization’s website at http://www.animalhouseproject.org.

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