Issues Call to Action to Local Residents, Businesses to Help Meet $5,000 Goal

Hawthorne, NJ, February 11, 2020 – The Passaic County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Passaic County SPCA) announced today it has raised $2,000 of its $5,000 fundraising goal to launch its new mobile pet pantry in 2020.

The purpose of the mobile pet pantry is to help the Passaic County SPCA extend the reach of its existing pet pantry based at its headquarters at 794 Lafayette Avenue in Hawthorne, NJ.  

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“It’s clear that the pet pantry is serving a need in Passaic County, but we wanted to figure out a way to help even more families and their pets.  Last fall, our members came up with the idea of a second pet pantry on wheels that we could take into different communities,” said Stephanie Hornback, Pet Pantry Coordinator and Board Member, Passaic County SPCA.  “Completely unexpectedly, at almost the same time these conversations were taking place, we received a donation of a cargo van.  We took that as our sign and the idea of a mobile pet pantry started to truly take shape.”

In November 2019, the Passaic County SPCA launched its first-ever $5,000 fundraising campaign (https://tinyurl.com/yylysde7) to bring its mobile pet pantry idea to life.  The funds raised will cover all costs to get the donated cargo van road ready – registration, inspection, insurance, branding and retrofitting the cargo area. 

“In two months, we raised the first $2,000 towards our goal solely through social media outreach and our membership,” Hornback shared.  “Now we are calling on the larger community – local residents and businesses – to help us reach our $5,000 goal.” 

To donate, please visit:  https://tinyurl.com/yylysde7.

About the Passaic County SPCA Pet Pantry and How it Works

Established in May 2019, the Passaic County SPCA Pet Pantry is currently serving about 25 families and their pets monthly, providing in that time hundreds of bags and thousands of cans of cat and dog food, as well as litter, treats and other pet accessories.  Passaic County SPCA relies on the generosity of local residents for donations, as well as area pet supply stores, including Pet Supply of Fairlawn, J&B Pet Supply and Pet Value in West Caldwell. 

The Pet Pantry is currently opened on the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Passaic County SPCA headquarters at 794 Lafayette Avenue in Hawthorne, NJ. 

Passaic County residents in need come to the pantry when it’s open, fill out a form and provide a valid photo ID and proof of the following:

  Passaic County residency (in the form of a utility bill)

  Income (pay stub or tax return or current Families First Card)

  Spay/neuter of pets (or willingness to do so)

Food and treats will be available on a first come, first serve basis.  At this point, the pantry has dry and wet food for dogs and cats only. 

 About the Passaic County SPCA

The Passaic County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a non-profit, all volunteer, humane education and advocacy group.   Operating since the 1890s, Passaic County SPCA is the ONLY agency in the county that focuses solely on the prevention of animal cruelty and neglect.

For more information, visit www.pc-spca.org.