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Helen Woodward Animal Center helping pet owners with free food, supplies

Posted at 8:16 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 11:17:17-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A local animal shelter is stepping up to help pet owners who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Starting Monday, the nonprofit Helen Woodward Animal Center will be providing free pet food -- a two-week supply -- for pet owners who have recently lost their jobs. The distribution is per pet, per household.

Appointments are required, and pet owners are urged to fill out an online form here.

Food will be distributed at the HWAC location on 6461 El Apajo in Rancho Santa Fe at these times:

-- Monday, March 23: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
-- Wednesday, March 25: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
-- Thursday, March 26: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Starting Monday, the first 200 cat owners can receive a six-pound bag of cat litter, per cat.

With social distancing in effect during the event, the food/supplies will be brought out to customers’ vehicles.

“Pets are members of our families too and we want to assist in keeping them fed in this stressful time. Keeping families together, healthy and happy is one way we can help others. We’re seeing so many members of our community impacted and we hope that this will bring a little peace to families with pets in this time of need,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center Director of Outreach Services Christen Hanley.