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Paws Pantry provides food to pet owners

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Many animals end up at the Cedar Bend Humane Society in Waterloo because their owners can't afford food and other care. That's why the CBHS just launched the "Paws Pantry" with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

"There's a lot of times getting a bag of food here or there is the difference between keeping your pet or turning it over to our shelter. So if we're able to alleviate that burden of giving up your pet, we'd like to step in and help out," said Lindsay Rook with the Cedar Bend Humane Society.

The second and fourth Fridays of every month, CBHS staff will be at the food bank in Waterloo.

"We ask people to come and fill out an application, just saying the number of pets they have in their house cat, dog that sort of thing. And they're allowed to get one food bank pick up each month. Depending on the size of the animal depends on the size of food they receive," said Rook.

Donated food that can't be used by the shelter will be given back to the community, with the ultimate goal of keeping pets in their homes.

"We do exist to help as well. So many people help us, we want to give back. We want to make sure you're able to keep your pet," said Rook.

Staffers with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank said people often give the food they receive to their pets instead of eating it themselves. So, hopefully this option can help people get their own food and still be able to provide for their pets.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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