CHESAPEAKE, Va. - An animal shelter in Hampton Roads is getting some badly needed help from a national organization.
The Chesapeake Humane Society just received a grant from Alley Cat Allies, an international advocacy organization for cats, based in Bethesda, Maryland. The grant money will be used to fund medical care, vaccinations, and the Chesapeake Humane Society's food bank, which provides pet food and other help for families in need.
"Families are really struggling and animals in the home are part of the family," said Becky Robinson of Alley Cat Allies.
"Our goal right now is to keep families together. We don't want them to feel forced to give their animals up to shelters. We want to keep animals out of shelters and in their homes," Robinson added.
Robinson also pointed out when the economy gets bad, shelters see a surge in pets being given up, because their owners just can't afford to keep them. The group has a searchable national database of local pet food banks and other resources available.
Click here to learn more about what's being offered.