The Gleaner

La Bouffe Additionnelle now helps feed people and pets

The Huntingdon-based food pantry La Bouffe Additionnelle is launching a new campaign to ensure those in need of food aid, and their pets, do not go hungry.

“The idea for this campaign came to us after some of our customers told us they use the food we give them to feed their cat or dog,” says La Bouffe Additionnelle director Sylvie Racette.

“It is very important to help owners keep, feed, and care for their pets,” Racette explains. “It is important to understand that pets are sometimes their only social link, their only friend, and sometimes even their only reason for survival,” she continues.

“The rising cost of living is having a major economic impact on our customers who own pets. This can affect their ability to meet their pets’ dietary needs, leading to abandonment,” says Racette.

To help, the organization is holding its first pet food drive.

La Bouffe Additionnelle is collaborating with the Boutique Poils et Plumes and Toilettage Chichi Grooming in Huntingdon. Both locations have agreed to be collection sites for donations of pet food or cat litter, and contributions in the form of pet food, or cash donations, can also be brought to La Bouffe’s location on Lorne Street.

Pet owners who are clients of the food pantry’s emergency food aid will be able to access this additional service free of charge.

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