River Valley Pet Pantry Hosting Pet Food Drive

BARLING (KFSM) -- Those at the new River Valley Pet Pantry will be hosting a pet food drive starting Wednesday (Nov. 1) at the River Valley Animal Hospital.

The River Valley Pet Pantry provides supplemental pet food to the homeless and individuals facing economic challenges in the River Valley. During the drive, they're asking for dog and cat food, toys, collars and leashes.

This is the first event for the nonprofit, which was formed because members said they saw a need for the group in the community.

"A lot of the homeless individuals in the River Valley have taken on pets either because they've seen them as strays and identify with them, or they became homeless with their pets. Many times that is their only companion that they can constantly depend on," Jessica Zerbst, director of the River Valley Food Pantry said.

Donations are to be taken to the River Valley Animal Hospital at 400 Frontier Road in Barling between 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Donations will also be accepted at the Wasted Repurpose Marketplace on Towson Avenue in Fort Smith.

Donations will be accepted during November.