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IHS opens Pet Food Pantry program to assist furloughed employees

The Idaho Humane Society is proud to extend assistance to all furloughed federal employees with access to our safety net program, the Pet Food Pantry, which is designed primarily to provide resources to struggling pet owners.

We’re inviting all federal furloughed employees to bring their Federal ID on Sunday, January 13th between 11:00am and 2:00pm, and we will provide them a month’s worth of pet food for up to 4 household pets. For those that cannot make this distribution, the next date is January 30th from 3:00-5:00pm, but we will stay open longer if we know that people are coming and cannot make it before 5:00pm. They can let us know by emailing: [email protected]

“We’re honored to extend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors who are federal employees who’ve been impacted by this government shutdown. We see their dedication to our country every day and we’re proud to not only help our community members, but their pets as well,” relayed Kristine Schellhaas, communications manager at the Idaho Humane Society.

If community members would like to contribute food to our Pet Food Pantry, we’re in need of wet cat food. We could also use donations of wet dog food, small training treats, and quality cat/dog food in bags of 20 pounds of less (for our elderly families receiving meals on wheels). We do have an Amazon Wish List for those who’d like to purchase items, the list can be viewed at or folks can donate directly through our website or on our Facebook post here:

If you’d like more information on our Pet Food Pantry program, please visit:

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