More than 50,000 meals donated to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

SANFORD, Fla. — Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando received a donation of more than 50,000 meals on Tuesday.

The food comes courtesy of national nonprofit Greater Good Charities and dog walking service Wag!

>>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<

The organization said feeding pets is the biggest expense for animal shelters, and the pet food donation will help free up resources at the shelter to allocate funds elsewhere, like helping pets in their care with medical needs.

READ: Paws to revisit 2021′s top 9 animal stories

“When shelter pets are healthy, happy, and well-fed they have a better chance at being adopted into a forever home,” organizers said.

The donation was made possible because of the successful GivingTuesday Pet Food Drive, in which Wag! matched donations dollar-for-dollar. The campaign resulted in more than 4.9 million meals being donated to animal shelters across the country to feed thousands of homeless pets in need.

READ: Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando chooses construction company to build new animal shelter, hospital

Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.