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Pet food pantry dates set

Last year, the Division of Humane Services introduced its pet food pantry and provided more than 4,000 pounds of food to assist St. Charles County dog and cat owners. The monthly program distributes dry pet food and welcomes new participants this year.

Pet food pantry distribution dates in 2018 will be: Jan 27, Feb. 17, March 24, April 21, May 5,  June 16, July 7, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 22.

The free program is open to eligible St. Charles County residents. To qualify, pet owners must:

• Register with the Division of Humane Services at least one week prior to the distribution date, showing proof of residency in St. Charles County [government-issued identification or utility bill]. For registration information, call (636) 949-7387.

• Show proof of need.

• Show proof of current rabies vaccination for each animal covered or make arrangements to update the animal’s shot record at the time of registration.

• Show proof that the animal is spayed or neutered or make arrangements to do so at the time of registration.

• Bring a container large enough to carry at least three pounds of food.

The Division of Humane Services operates its food pantry through the Pet Adoption Center, located at 4850 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, with assistance from area businesses and individuals. Those interested in donating supplies or volunteering with this program can call (636) 949-7387.

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