Cincinnati pet food pantry in jeopardy of closing

Cincinnati pet food pantry in jeopardy of closing

NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry will be forced to close their doors next month if they do not find a new location to operate from.

Since opening in March 2010, the pantry says they have helped thousands of struggling low-income pet owners in greater Cincinnati keep their pets by providing food assistance.

Organizers said the pantry lost its lease and must vacate its current space at 4900 Franklin Avenue in Norwood by April 1.

The pantry provides pet food assistance to up to 150 qualifying low income pet owners each month.  Last year, the pantry provided assistance to 308 unique pet owners, and gave out 37,000 pounds of dry dog food and 14,000 of dry cat food.

"We generally give out about 4,000 pounds of dried food per month and about 1,300 pounds of dried cat food per month, so it's a good amount of food we're giving away each month," said Shannon DeBra, who started the pantry.

Any funds spent on rent mean less funds to purchase food with, so the pantry is looking for a low cost or free space before closing their doors.

"Sometimes it's hard to ask for help even when you're an organization used to giving out help. Sometimes it's hard to ask for help but we finally realized it was time to get some help," DeBra said.

Ideally, organizers said they are looking for a space that will have 1,500-2,000 square feet to hold the donated pet foot and supplies.

If you have a vacant space that might work for the pantry, you're asked to contact Shannon DeBra at 513-377-2884 or contact her by email at

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