HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Passaic County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCSPCA) has launched a Pet Pantry at its headquarters at 794 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne.

The pantry will be open twice a month to start - the first Saturday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m. and the second Monday of the month from 7 to 8 p.m.

The all-volunteer pantry will provide assistance to residents who face choosing between feeding and caring for their pets and paying household bills or putting food on their own table. Residents who qualify can apply for monthly assistance.

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The goal is to help people facing economic hardship be able to keep their beloved animals, rather than surrendering them to a shelter, by providing them with supplemental food, treats and other items.

Residents in need will come to the pantry when it’s open, fill out a form and provide a valid photo ID and have proof of the following:residency (in the form of a utility bill), income (pay stub or tax return or current Families First Card), and spay/neuter of pets. Availability will be available on a first come, first serve basis. 

The pantry will next be open on Monday, May 13 from 7 to 8 p.m.

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