Pit Bull Second Chance Rescue is helping feed animals during the Coronavirus pandemic in Mercer County.
Communities across the country are still adjusting to life with social distancing, and with non-essential businesses closed due to the pandemic, there are some challenges for some people who are facing hard choices
"Is it my child, or is it my animal, and we know what that answer is going to be of course their children, so we're doing the best we can with the resources we have to provide as much to the families in our community. It's devastating, it's scary, and hopefully we can give a little bit piece of mind to these families," Cindy Mabardy, Co-Founder of Pit Bill Second Chance Rescue said.
The resources to help pet-owners in need include SAMS Club, Rural King, and Tractor Supply. One SAMS Club employee has been apart of this effort since it started, with the blessing of management.
"Sometimes our pets and some of our best-friends really get forgotten about. It's great to see these organizations, and people like April going the extra mile and above and beyond during these challenging times to help these animals out," Scott Barry, Member Service Manager, SAMS Club in Bluefield, Virginia said.
So far the rescue team has helped more than 30 local families.
"We have dry dog food. I do get some treats, for dogs, and I am getting some cat food," Mabardy said.
"It's heartwarming, it really is. If helping them feed their animals brings them that much joy then we're more than happy to do it," Angel DeHaven, Board of Directors Member, Webpage Coordinator of Pit Bull Second Chance Rescue said.
The people behind the effort urge pet owners in need to speak up.
"You have to reach out. There's great organizations like this the Humane Society don't be afraid to ask for help," Barry said.
"Take a deep breath. If you need any other assistance with your animals please reach out to us. We are a phone call away, send us a Facebook message and we can give you our number to call and we can try to help out the best way we can," DeHaven said.
If you need assistance you can contact Pit Bull Second Chance Rescue at 304-887-3636. Or check out their website: CLICK HERE.