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June 9, 2011

Pitt launches pet food drive

Honorary chair Officer Riggs

Honorary chair Officer Riggs

Pitt has launched a program to help financially strapped area families feed their pets.

Pitt’s People for Pets, which runs through July, will partner with Animal Friends’ Chow Wagon program to provide pet food to area food banks, including the Oakland Food Pantry.

Steve Zupcic of Pitt’s Office of Community Relations said, “For many Oakland Food Pantry clients, their pets are the only source of companionship for them. This is very typical of people who live in poverty. Many times the pet owners share their food with their pets, or go without medication and nutrition themselves in order to feed their pets.”

The Oakland Food Pantry also provides litter, leashes and pet treats to needy pet owners, Zupcic said.

Online monetary donations to the pet food drive can be made at, and clicking on the Pitt’s People for Pets link. Checks payable to Animal Friends should be sent to 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh 15237.

Pitt sponsors of the pet food drive include the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of Community Relations, the Department of Public Safety and the University Library System (ULS).

For more information on the drive, call Zupcic at 4-7709, or Animal Friends at 412/847-7052.

Donated canned and dry cat and dog food, kitty litter and dog and cat treats can be dropped off though July at the following on-campus collection sites:

• Cathedral of Learning ground floor elevator lobby.

• Craig Hall lobby.

• Hillman Library ground floor lobby and all ULS Pittsburgh campus libraries.

• Parran Hall Fifth Avenue lobby.

• Posvar Hall main floor elevator lobby.

• Public Safety Building lobby.

• Scaife Hall 4th floor Terrace Street entrance.

• William Pitt Union main floor information desk lobby.

—Peter Hart

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