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Altus, OK — September 14, 2020 — The negative financial impact of COVID-19 has not been limited to the two-legged members of our families. GreaterGood.org feared that some families suffering economic challenges due to COVID-19 might be forced to choose between feeding their children and feeding their pets. With that in mind, GreaterGood.org has worked hard to acquire donations of pet food for the furry members of our families. In this massive undertaking, GreaterGood.org has teamed up with the Humane Society of Tulsa to distribute pet supplies throughout Oklahoma.
In an additional partnership between the Humane Society of Tulsa and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, a large quantity of this donated pet food has made its way to Altus to help local families who are struggling financially and have pets. Under the leadership of Jeremy Calloway, Supervisor of Altus Animal Control, and Wayne Cain, Director of Emergency Management Services, the City of Altus retrieved three large pickup truck loads of pet food and supplies to be distributed to Altus families in need and to others who live in Jackson, Harmon and Greer Counties.
Altus Animal Control is holding a special event this coming Saturday, September 19 from 10AM to 2PM at Altus Animal Control, 2200 Enterprise Drive in Altus, to distribute pet food and other pet supplies to local pet owners in need. Donations will be on a first come/first served basis. Altus Animal Control is grateful to the generosity of GreaterGood.org and to the Humane Society of Tulsa for these pet donations. Altus Animal Control is hopeful that the free pet food can be used to limit the need of people to either give up or abandon pets if they are suffering in these difficult economic times.
“The more people who can keep doing a good job of feeding and taking care of their pets, the less crowded our local animal shelter will be” stated Calloway. “We hope to help as many pet owners in need as we can and thank all organizations and individuals that have taken part in supporting our mission to have happy and well-cared for pets throughout our city.” While Calloway went out of his way to stress how thankful he was for the donations from GreaterGood.org and the Humane Society of Tulsa, he also wanted to recognize those who have always shown compassion for our local animal shelter. “Walmart and Atwoods are among the local companies which donate on an almost weekly basis to feed the animals in our shelter. Local citizens have also donated time, supplies and money for animals under our care.” Calloway estimates that volunteers from Altus Air Force Base have donated over 400 hours of service in the last three months at Altus Animal Control alone.