Food aid for pet parents struggling with pandemic hardship

A program in Lamoille County, VT, aims to help feed the cats and dogs of those struggling with the difficulties of Covid-19.

The North Country Animal League in Morrisville knows the importance of our furry family members. They know that many people relied on the company of their pets to help them overcome the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns that came with it. NCAL also recognizes the troubles the pandemic has brought and wants to help feed the important furry family members of those in need.

NCAL Meals begins as a pantry and is “a utility program that gives customers free pet food for their pets.”

North Country Animal League / Facebook

To receive assistance at NCAL Meals, you must meet the eligibility requirements:

  • Only cats and dogs are allowed.
  • You must be a permanent resident of Lamoille County, VT as NCAL “cannot deliver meals outside of Lamoille County”.
  • Eligible families are limited to 3 pets on this program.
  • An application must be fully completed and approved before you can begin using the services. Apply online or download a PDF.
  • Participants and members of the household cannot bring charges of neglect or cruelty against them.

North Country Animal League / Facebook

Donate to the NCAL Meals Stock

NCAL Meals relies on the spirit of the community and seeks your help. They are asking for donations of “unopened dry or wet dog and cat food”. These can be dropped off at NCAL Shelter, Tractor Supply, Menard’s Family True Value in Morrisville, Dogs Etc., Shaw’s Supermarket, and Mac’s Market in Stowe.

For more information, please email [email protected] or call 802-888-5065 X101.

North Country Animal League / Facebook

Find help near you

The North Country Animal League isn’t the only rescue group providing food to pets. Groups across the country are helping people feed their cats and dogs during the pandemic. To find help in your area, contact the local animal shelters and rescue groups. Also, search the internet for pet food support programs.

You can also visit these online resources:

North Country Animal League / Facebook

If you are interested in donating pet food or cash to charity programs, contact your local animal rescue agency, as well as your local government, for information on feed and banks to benefit animals in need. Searching social media for service clubs is also an option, as these groups often take actions to collect supplies for community members in need, including cats and dogs.

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