At 4 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month, an average of 20 people or more line up for free pet food and supplies at Dr. Powers Park, 900 W. Lowell Ave.
Angela Kennedy showed up to the most recent distribution with her two dogs, Precious and Buddy.
“I rely on this program,” Kennedy said. “My dogs are a great support to me, and I don’t know what I would do without them. My dogs keep my spirits up and keep me going. They are honestly the only family I have in this world.”
The program was started three years ago by Donna Harris of No Place Like Home Animal Rescue.
“Our goal is to give the food to pet owners that really need it,” Harris said. “Many times, people will feed their pets before themselves. ... This has been my passion, to help animals, any way I can. By helping the animals, we are also helping the people.”
Longtime Tracy residents Vicki and David Gomes donate to the pet pantry on a regular basis.
“Animals are part of the family, and you take care of your family,” Vicki Gomes said. “If you are a person in need of food, you go to the local shelter. So if your animals need to eat, this is the service for them.”
The pet pantry has joined forces with the Coalition of Tracy Citizens to Assist the Homeless as a resource for homeless people with pets.
Supplies of pet food are low, however, and organizers are asking the community for help with donations of dry and canned dog and cat food, puppy and kitten food, dog treats and pet toys.
In addition, the pet pantry is in need of a storage shed.
Donations can be dropped off at Emerson House, 26 W. Emerson Ave. Monetary donations can also be made to No Place Like Home Animal Rescue. The rescue is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and donations are tax deductible, with receipts provided upon request.
“This program is very helpful to a lot of us on fixed incomes,” said Tracy resident JoAnne Anthony. “Without this program, I think a lot of pets would go hungry and might end up at the animal shelter.”
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• For information about the pet pantry run by No Place Like Home Animal Rescue, call 207-3285.
• To learn about Coalition of Tracy Citizens to Assist the Homeless, call Lisa Encarnacion at 346-5628.