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Hawkins pet sanctuary offering free emergency pet food

STAFF REPORT • Apr 13, 2020 at 8:00 AM

CHURCH HILL — Even before COVID-19 hit our country, the Tri-Cities region had a poverty level higher than the national average.

Tiny Paws Take Out Pet Food Bank was scheduled to open in April to meet the needs of low-income pet parents in the area. Unfortunately, the social distancing and shelter-in-place orders were announced, and the opening had to be delayed.

Now that thousands have lost their source of income, the need for pet food assistance is even greater. For this reason, Tiny Paws will be offering a two-week emergency pet food ration to qualifying families in Kingsport, Mount Carmel, Church Hill and Surgoinsville.

Supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To apply for help, contact Melissa Hood, Tiny Paws’ secretary/treasurer. You will be asked some qualifying questions, and delivery to your home will be arranged.

Recyclable plastic jugs will be delivered to your door in a safe, contact-free manner.

You may contact Tiny Paws at tinypawssanctuary@gmail.com, call (423) 343-4077 (leave message), or message through the Tiny Paws Sanctuary Facebook page and someone will respond as soon as possible. Financial donations and donations of dog and cat food are needed to continue helping our community.

Tax deductible donations can be sent to paypal.me/tinypawssanctuary or P.O. Box 2310, Church Hill, TN 37642. Please note that your donation is for the food bank program.

Food donations can be sent or dropped off at Tiny Paws Sanctuary, 109 Pine St., Church Hill.

To maintain social distancing, please place the food in the outbuilding or garage. For more information, visit the website at www.tinypawssanctuary.com.

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