Pet Pantry Volunteers stand near stack of bagged pet food

Pet Pantry volunteers, Tigerlily Rosen (left) and Andy Corrigan (right) get ready to distribute pet food.

Lincoln Heights -- No one should have to choose between feeding Fifi or Fido or paying rent.

Born in 2020 during the pandemic, the L.A. Animal Services’ Pet Food Pantry helps residents experiencing financial hardships keep their animal companions at home – and out of overcrowded shelters.

Two Pet Pantry Volunteers sort food donations

Pet Food Pantry volunteer Jerry Lee Davis (left) helps sort out donations.

A stack of donated pet food in boxes

Donations to the Pet Food Pantry comes from big companies as well as individuals.

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