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Humane Animal Rescue in need of donations to help families with pets impacted by coronavirus

Humane Animal Rescue is looking for donations for its pet pantry, a program that helps provide food assistance to families with dogs and cats.

Dan Rossi, the chief executive officer of the Humane Animal Rescue, said they’ve seen a spike in applications for Ellie’s Food Pantry.

“We are anticipating, just from the calls we are getting, that the need is going to be there and the need is going to be there for a while," Rossi said.

Rossi said with recent layoffs due to the coronavirus, they don’t want to see people giving their pets up because they’ve falling on a temporary hard time.

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The rescue has teamed up with three Giant Eagle Market Districts and three Petco locations in Allegheny County so people can order treats and food online.

“We will actually go out and pick it up. That way, you don’t have to get in your car, and you don’t have to come down here,” Rossi said.

Rossi said he wants people to practice social distancing but the rescue will accept drop off donations at either of their locations. He added that monetary support is needed too.

“All of our fundraiser activity, our special events have been put on hold, unfortunately, so we’ve seen a big dip on the income coming into the shelter,” Rossi said.

Click here for a list of locations where you can order food order food to donate online

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