Ottawa Humane Society providing emergency pet food during coronavirus pandemic

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As many pet owners face financial hardship during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) says it’s helping to make sure the furriest members of the family don’t go hungry.

“When this public health crisis began, we were worried what it might mean for Ottawa’s animals,” said OHS president Bruce Roney in a statement.

“Loss of income can force families to make difficult decisions, but we don’t want to see families forced to surrender their pets over it.”

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The OHS, which began offering emergency pet food pickups in late April, said Tuesday it has so far provided more than 2,000 pounds of food to Ottawa pet owners since the initiative began.

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The emergency pickups constitute a two-week supply of food for dogs and cats of all sizes.

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But unlike traditional food banks,



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