"Our No. 1 priority is keeping pets out of the shelter,” Counts said. "We certainly want to counteract anyone who might be turning their pets into the shelter because they can’t afford to feed them.” Donation spots are already available at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, the Bethany Animal Shelter and the Weed and Seed Community Centers. Other donation barrels will be placed at local businesses. Brown said he’s already responding to requests for help, and he encouraged those who truly need assistance to call. No one wants to see pets become a casualty of the recession, he said. "We think this idea will grow,” Brown said. "It’s one more arrow in the quiver of an effort to eliminate the need to euthanize pets.”
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How to help
Unopened cans or bags of pet food can be donated at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, the Bethany Animal Shelter and Oklahoma City Weed and Seed Community Centers. More donation spots will be set up at local businesses. Money can also be donated by sending checks to the PAW Pet Food Bank, 2811 SE 29, Oklahoma City, OK 73129. How to get help
Those who need assistance to feed their pets can call Ben Brown at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, 316-3663 or e-mail email@example.com.