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September 1, 2011




To our friends at the University of Pittsburgh:

On behalf of Animal Friends, thank you so much for your incredible support of our Chow Wagon pet food bank!

Five years ago, a local food bank came to Animal Friends with a concern: Their pet-owning clients were unable to feed their pets. Some families were forced to relinquish their pets to shelters. Sadly, other families were going hungry, as they shared their meager resources with their companion animals.

Animal Friends responded by creating the Chow Wagon. Our community pet food bank now provides donations of pet food to 20 local food pantries. Today, over 1,200 local families depend on Animal Friends’ Chow Wagon to feed their pets.

On Aug. 3, Animal Friends received a visit from the University of Pittsburgh police dog, Officer Riggs, and his handler Officer [David] Nanz. They brought with them a delivery truck filled with 4,000 pounds of pet food that had been donated by members of the Pitt community. We also received donations totaling nearly $2,000 from Pitt’s People for Pet Chow Wagon fund drive.

Thanks to your generosity, fewer families will be forced to sacrifice their own food budgets to feed their pets … or face surrendering their animals to an uncertain future. On behalf of all of us at Animal Friends, thank you! We are so grateful!

Jolene Miklas

Director of Communications

Animal Friends


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