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Leaders Call for Donations in the 11th Annual Legislative Pet Food Drive

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Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly is accepting a pet food drive in conjunction with Long Island Cares. (Courtesy Office of Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly)

Several local elected officials and municipalities on Long Island will have donation boxes set up this spring for residents to donate bags of pet food to Baxter’s Pet Pantry of Long Island Cares for the 11th Annual Legislative Pet Food Drive.

The Long Island Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank sees a high demand for pet food year-round. To keep the shelves stocked for canine and feline family members in need, they started hosting the Annual Legislative Pet Food Drive in 2009.

“Pets keep many people going, giving them comfort and a reason to survive in difficult times, especially now with many people coping with the effects of Covid-19,” said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta. “I am asking the kind and generous residents and pet lovers in my district to help out. Last year we collected about 1,000 pounds of pet food.”

While 5- and 10-pound bags of dog and cat food, canned food, kitty litter, and new pet toys are most needed, all pet nourishments are welcome, including food for hamsters, fish, birds, and ferrets.

Here are some places you can donate:

Office of Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly
130 West Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through May 31
To donate outside of these hours, call 631-854-4433

Office of Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta
59 Landing Ave., Suite 1, Smithtown
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through May 31
For more information, call 631-854-3900

Town of Brookhaven
Through April 22 at:
Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville
Brookhaven Animal Shelter, 300 Horseblock Rd., Brookhaven
Coram Fire Department, 303 Middle Country Rd., Coram
College 101 Resource Center, 290 Main St., East Setauket
Brookhaven Town Highway Department, 1140 Old Town Rd., Coram
Brookhaven Town Parks and Recreation Administration, 286 Hawkins Rd., Centereach
Brookhaven Town Vehicle Control, 550 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue

“Many residents are struggling to make ends meet , and this means they are also struggling to find the means to feed their pets,” said Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine. “I look forward to seeing how much food is collected and I want to thank Long Island Cares for all the work they do to feed those in need in Brookhaven Town and across Long Island.”

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