Helping people in need care for pets
The Syracuse-based Kia Foundation offers its services to the elderly, disabled and others who cannot take care of their pets. The not-for-profit runs a mobile pet food pantry
There are monthly giveaways of pet food and other supplies (the next is February 9th at the John Venditti Post on Syracuse's Danforth Street). also an outreach that provides in-home services to people who cannot come to the monthly giveaway. Director Kate Berry says qualified homes receive pet food, preventive flea/tic products, pet care resources and a friendly check-in on how the pet and people are doing. Qualified households also get free or discounted rides for a vet for annual appointments.
Kia Foundation founder Sam Washington tells us the other half of the equation is donations: the group has an ongoing dropoff at Paine Branch Library in Eastwood. This coming Saturday (January 26) there's also a pop-up donation site at Westcott Community Center, 1 - 3pm.
Washington also says there is some financial help available for needy pet owners, for medical bills and for adoption fees.
Facebook's thekiafoundationinc page has ongoing information.