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The SPCA Cincinnati is proud to introduce its current initiative: Chow Now Pantry! This program is fostered by a relationship with Clossman Catering in which we will feed 700 dogs, as well as cats and small animals, weekly. The SPCA Cincinnati has been Cincinnati’s hometown shelter since 1873, with many “firsts” to benefit animal welfare – the Chow Now Pantry is another first. We believe NO pet owner should be worried about surrendering an animal because of financial or health reasons.
Our story began with our Chow Now Pantry Food Truck visiting various pop-up locations in the Greater Cincinnati area. Pop-up locations have been identified with our partner, Tikkun Farms. Tikkun Farms is a 3.5-acre family farm in Mt. Healthy.
On November 15, 2023, we opened a dedicated Chow Now Pantry location at 516 W. Wyoming Ave. in Lockland in conjunction with Pets in Need. The distribution center is open to the public every other Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon. Anyone in need of free pet food can come to this pantry once a month. We are so excited about this expansion and want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our amazing volunteers, especially Pets In Need’s director and founder, Ann Hill!
How can you help? It's easy to donate via our Chow Now Amazon Wish List here! You can also bring dry or canned pet food, as well as anything for small animals, to the SPCA Cincinnati in Sharonville at 11900 Conrey Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249. Follow the SPCA Cincinnati on Facebook for more Chow Now Pantry information!
“The Chow Now Pantry is something we’ve been planning to implement for a while now,” says Mike Retzlaff, President & CEO of SPCA Cincinnati. “Our goal is to keep people and pets together! Pets give hope and comfort that everyone deserves, especially through challenging times. The Chow Now Pantry initiative helps make our goals possible, providing essential resources to maintain their health.”
An estimated 10 million pets could be displaced in the coming months because of renters at risk of eviction during the pandemic, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Statistics such as this are something the SPCA Cincinnati is cognizant of and is working to prevent in our region.
For inquiries regarding this program, please reach Michael Williams, SPCA Cincinnati’s Director of Community Outreach, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SPCA Cincinnati also serves Veterans in our community by providing essential items for their animals at home. We continue to serve our Veterans with a return visit each month to the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
From a letter received from the Executive Medical Center Director after our first visit:
"On behalf of the Cincinnati VAMC patients and staff, we would like to extend our appreciation to you for your donations of approximately 2,000 pounds of dog and cat food, cat litter, treats, cleaning supplies, etc. for our Veterans with animals.
It is through the efforts of community partners like you that allow us to continue the quality care and services that we seek to provide for deserving Veterans. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you again for future events."
Photos from Tikkun Farms