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National nonprofit organization donates food, supplies to Southern Pines Animal Shelter

(The following is a press release from, a national nonprofit that protects people, pets, and the planet, is donating pet food and critical supplies to Southern Pines Animal Shelter who, in partnership with Edwards Street Fellowship Center and the Hattiesburg Convention Commission, will work to distribute food to pet parents struggling financially who need resources to care for their pets.

“Pets play such an important role in our families, and we recognize the difficulty many in our community are facing right now due to these unprecedented circumstances,” said Ginny Sims, Executive Director for Southern Pines. “During this time of so much uncertainty, we know that people and pets may need support to stay together as a family, and we are so proud to play a part in these efforts.”

Pet parents looking for support can visit the pet food bank at Edwards Street Fellowship Center, 1919 Edwards St. in Hattiesburg, to pick up dog and cat food. Pet food bank eligibility is based on household income and serves residents of Covington, Forrest, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jones, Lamar, and Wayne counties.

This local distribution of pet goods is part of a multi-million dollar nationwide donation effort that is executing to help the pet communities across the U.S. impacted most by the coronavirus outbreak.

“Our food pantry has operated a pet food bank since 2014,” explained Ann McCullen, Executive Director of Edwards Street Fellowship Center. “Our clients’ quality of life is important to us, and we realize how important pets are to many of our clients. Hundreds of new families have registered with our food pantry since early March. This generous donation from will help pets remain with their loving families.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an unprecedented animal sheltering crisis, while also affecting pet parents so it is our duty to step in and offer assistance on a national level by creating a network of relief distribution centers with our local animal shelter partners while also supporting them,” said Liz Baker, CEO for “Our goal is to provide local animal shelters and pet parents struggling financially, with pet food and supplies so they can continue to care for the pets they love during this challenging and stressful time.”



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