September 16, 2014

Operation Outreach: Nourish the Needy and Pets of the Homeless

Faced with financial hardship, families often give up their pets when they cannot afford to feed them. Through the South Lake Animal League’s Nourish the Needy Program, families are provided free pet food through our partnership with local food pantries in our community. We believe that pets are important family members, and by helping to keep these pets in their homes, we will maintain the human-animal bond that is so important - especially in difficult times.

During the month of November and December, we asked our friends in the community to join us in collecting pet food and supplies for this program. On Friday, December 13, 2013, South Lake Animal League and Subaru drove to 15 business partner locations throughout the community to pick up donations for Stuff the Subaru. We collected an estimated 2,000 pounds of pet food and supplies! Donations will be collected and distributed to our partner food pantries listed below. This opportunity was made possible by a grant from ASPCA and our friends at Bill Bryan Subaru! Also, thank you to the following businesses that collected donations on our behalf: Ambiance Studio Salon, Bacchus Vino, Bill Bryan Subaru, Classic Treasures, Computer Business Consultants, Just My Style Salon & Day Spa, Keller Williams Classic III Realty, Lake County Animal Services, Minneola Realty, Pawsh Pet, Petco, SLAL Thrift Store, SunSpots Productions, Travis Realty and the Whitehouse & Cooper Law Firm. 

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Nourish the Needy is a South Lake Animal League program assisted by veterinarians, business owners, and concerned citizens who want to do something to prevent people from having to make the heartbreaking decision to give up a beloved pet. Faced with financial hardship, families often give up their pets when they cannot afford to feed them. The unfortunate result is that many pets are being given up or abandoned. This is heartbreaking for everyone involved. To help these people most in need, the South Lake Animal League provides emergency assistance to families facing unemployment, foreclosure, or other financial crises, thus enabling them to keep their pets. We provide pet food until the family is able to provide this necessity on their own. In addition, owners will receive a list of low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination options.

South Lake Animal League is also a collection site for a nationally acclaimed program Pets of the Homeless. This is a similar program with a focus on providing pet food and medical treatment for the pets of homeless people so they can keep their beloved friends. The purpose of both the Nourish the Needy and Pets of the Homeless programs is to prevent people from having to give up their pets. Owners must show proof of financial need to the food pantries according to the pantries’ guidelines.

For more information, including food drop-off and food pantry locations, please explore the links below or email us at programs@slal.org. Both food programs exist solely through the generosity of the community, with all pet food and supplies donated by others. Nothing is purchased by the South Lake Animal League.

Below is a List of Pet Food Collection sites where you can drop off pet food year-round:

  • South Lake Animal League Adoption Center | 4648 Baptist Island Road, Groveland | (352) 429-6334
  • Gracie’s of Winter Garden | 220 South Dillard Street, Winter Garden | (407) 654-6169
  • South Lake Animal League Thrift Shop | 770 W Montrose Street, Clermont | (352) 394-1818
  • Petco | 2561 East Highway 50, Clermont | (352) 241-7640
  • Royal Oaks Veterinary | 2105 Hartwood Marsh Rd #1, Clermont | (352) 243-8043
  • All Care Animal Hospital | 504 S Highway 27, Minneola | (352) 394-7444
  • The Green K9 | 3815 Lake Center Drive, Mount Dora | (352) 253-5205
  • Paws & Effect LLC | 1321 South Bay Street, Eustis | (352) 357-0200
  • Piglets Pantry | 400 North Donnelly Street, Mount Dora | (352) 735-9779
  • Hobscot Pet Supplies | 328 East Fifth Avenue, Mount Dora | (352) 735-6400
  • Karen’s Canine Kitchen | 411 West Main Street, Leesburg | (352) 729-3302
  • Phoenix Salon & Eustis Day Spa | 503 East Orange Avenue, Eustis | (352) 483-9303
  • amaZulu, Inc. | 1239 Commons Court, Clermont | (352) 243-5309
  • Ambiance Studio Salon | 2110 North Donnelly Street Suite 400, Mout Dora | (352) 383-4247
  • City of Leesburg | 250 Ball Park Road, Leesburg | (352) 728 9870
  • Park Heights Animal Care Center | 33350 US Hwy 441/27, Fruitland Park | (352) 326-9116

Below is a list of FOOD PANTRIES you can RECEIVE pet food from if you are in need and qualify:

  • Lake Cares Food Pantry, 2001 W. Old US Highway 441, Mount Dora, FL 352 314 8733
  • United Methodist Church, 600 Lanthe Street, Tavares, FL 352 742 2294
  • Leesburg Food Bank, 1305 Sunshine Ave, Leesburg, FL 352 326 5463
  • Christian Service Center, 300 West Franklin St., Ocoee 407-656-6678
  • Faith Neighborhood Center, 7432 S.R. 50, Groveland  352-429-1200
  • Family Christian Center 16215 Highway 50, Clermont 352-242-1895
  • Well of Hope, 16605 Sunrise Lakes Blvd., Clermont  352-999-1213
  • St. Vincent DePaul 218 Ocklawaha Avenue Eustis, FL  3226 352-589-2603
  • 2econd Life Resale 201 S. Highway 27, Minneola  352-241-8500
  • Christian Food Pantry | 103 High Avenue, Lady Lake | (352) 259-0788

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