For the first time in six years, a nonprofit is turning away families who need food for their pets.
More and more pet owners are coming to the food pantry at Spay and Neuter Kansas City for help, but the donations have not increased.
Officials are asking for help to keep the pets in their homes and out of shelters.
"Typically we have pallets upon pallets of food," shelter manager Whitney Mathis said.
Now, the bags of dog food are gone, and the shelves are empty.
The number of families who need the food pantry continues to grow. Each year, the nonprofit organization hands out 65,000 pounds of food and helps 500 families, until this week.
"It was heartbreaking for us. For the last six years, we have been able to provide monthly assistance for families that come here every month. Now, we are turning them away, or we are giving them minimal amounts," Mathis said.
Mathis says the organization, which is the largest shelter that offers free food assistance, is desperately in need of donations.
"We would thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You would help a lot of the Kansas City area. We help keep pets in the home so they don't have to over-burden the shelters," Mathis said.
Donations can be dropped off at 1116 E. 59th St., in Kansas City, MO.
Financial donations may also be given for the organization to buy food at a discounted price.
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Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:00:37 GMT
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