Orange County Animal Services to give out nearly 5 tons of free pet food

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — If you’ve been impacted financially by the coronavirus pandemic and could use some help feeding your four-legged family members, Orange County Animal Services is here to help.

The shelter is planning to give away nearly five tons of free pet food on Wednesday. The drive-thru event will start at noon at South Econ Recreation Center, 3850 S. Econlockhatchee Trail.

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People who attend will be able to pick out up to two bags or cases of food on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Coincidentally, April 28 is also National Superhero Day, which we think is quite apt for our third major food giveaway event because pet owners truly are superheroes in the eyes of their animals,” said Diane Summers, manager for Orange County Animal Services, in a statement. “We want to provide means to keep animals in their homes, to mitigate any chance they’d be surrendered to our shelter and making this food available to those in need is one way we accomplish that goal.”

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Hill’s Science Diet donated 10 pallets of dog and cat food to Orange County Animal Services for the event, with an estimated value of more than $44,000.

Through the event, OCAS said it aims to help hundreds of pet owners, some of who may be on the brink of having to surrender their pets due to financial limitations.

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Thanks to Hill's Science Diet and their generous donation, we will be distributing nearly five tons of free Hill’s Pet...

Posted by Orange County Animal Services on Saturday, April 24, 2021
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