BATON ROUGE—On Saturday, April 18, the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS) will set up a drive-by distribution area at their shelter to hand out nearly 900 bags of dog and cat food to those in need due to the strain the coronavirus has put on the community.
“Many people in the community have lost their jobs recently, and others such as the elderly or those with underlying medical conditions cannot and should not be out buying pet food in stores,” CAAWS Board Member Libby Haydel said. “Ordering pet food online has also become problematic since there is such a high demand for it. Our hope is to reach those people and pets in need.”
CAAWS founder Holly Frederick Reynolds, who started CAAWS in 1979, donated $5,000 worth of dog and cat food to CAAWS, which equates to nearly 900 bags of food. Haydel worked with Reynolds and the Neighborhood Pet Market in securing an order and scheduling the food drive in just under a week.
The distribution, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CAAWS shelter located at 6357 Quinn Drive in Baton Rouge, will have CAAWS volunteers asking drivers if they have a cat or dog (or both), how many of each, and how much the dog(s) weigh. The volunteers will then bring the appropriate amount of pet food to the car. Drivers are asked to remain in their vehicles unless they are opening or closing car doors or the trunk. Volunteers will be wearing masks to further ensure safety.
Though the volunteers have to take their own safety into concern, CAAWS is always there for the Baton Rouge community in times of need, such as when they collected and distributed one ton of medical and pet supplies after the Great Flood of 2016.
“We are so grateful to Ms. Reynolds for this donation so that we may help others in this time of need,” CAAWS President Glenda Parks said.
CAAWS is a non-profit organization consisting solely of volunteers and receives no government funding. CAAWS is not affiliated with EBRP Animal Control or Companion Animal Alliance. For more information, visit www.caaws.org or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter