The 4PetSake Food Pantry will host a grand opening and antique appraisal fair Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mohawk Antiques Mall, 100 E. Main St.
The pantry is the first of its kind in the Mohawk Valley and services cats and dogs.
4PetSake Food Pantry board member Ed View said the pantry is a way to help seniors, veterans and others during hard economic times keep pets home where they belong.
“It’s a very rewarding feeling to have the pet pantry as an option for people during tough times,” he said. “It’s hard when people have to give their pets to the humane society because they can’t afford to feed them. The pantry could help save pets.”
4PetSake Food Pantry Board of Directors President Kristene Wilson, of Frankfort, and Secretary and Treasurer Julie Rotondo, of Clinton, co-founded the pantry.
“The board of directors is comprised of a group of members who have all volunteered for pet shelters and rescues in the past and saw animals being turned in to shelters because owners could no longer keep them due to financial struggle. We have always discussed the issue so we decided to do some research and found pet pantries throughout the county and thought it would be a good idea to start one here,” said Rotondo.
She said the board hopes to expand on the pantry in the future.
“We also hope to help educate the community about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets by working with local veterinarian offices,” said Rotondo.
During the grand opening fundraiser people nay bring in their antiques to have them apprised at a cost of $3 an item. All proceeds will go to the 4PetSake Food Pantry, downstairs from the antique shop. Pantry hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Those who wish to use the pantry must fill out an application that must be approved by the 4PetSake Food Pantry Board of Directors.
Once approved a person can only visit the pantry to receive food once a month.
“The pet food pantry is not designed to help people feed their pets for a month, it’s there for them when they run out and need to make it through the rest of the week,” View said.
Those who attend the grand opening and antique appraisal fair are encouraged to bring a donation of pet foods or treats.
For more information, visit the pet food pantry Facebook page at 4petsakefoodpantry.