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Prince George pet-owners impacted by COVID-19 granted easier SPCA food bank access

Shelter also reaching out to evacuated residents from recent floodings
Kittens eating food - PG SPCA
Kittens eating food. (via BC SPCA North Cariboo and District branch)

Thousands of Prince George residents are either not working or working part-time hours as a result of COVID-19.

The financial stresses that come with the pandemic means it may also be difficult to feed our furry friends, so the BC SPCA’s North Cariboo and District branch says it’s now making its food bank access easier by expanding service to pet-owners and guardians.

For five days a week, residents can call or email the local shelter to order the food you need and book an appointment to pick them up in-person while maintaining physical-distance measures.

“This can be a very lonely time for people and we know how important our companion animals are to our well-being,” said Alyssa Stauble, Prince George SPCA’s manager of community engagement in a news release.

“We want to make sure that everyone is able to keep their pet by their side and we recognize that as budgets get tighter it may be harder to find money for pet food.”

The branch is also reaching out to those impacted by recent floodings in the city as 40 homes were forced to evacuate immediately on Thursday night (April 23) with rising water levels along the Chilako River.

It says owners can call the shelter for emergency boarding assistance for their pets.

“We want to do everything we can to keep pets and their loving families together,” added Stauble.

The North Cariboo and District SPCA is also partnering with Salvation Army’s food bank in allowing card-carrying members to pick up food supplies by request.

Pick-up times from the branch will be Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and the food will be left outside in a designated zone 10 minutes before scheduled appointments.

More information is available on the shelter’s website.