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700+ pounds of food donated to dogs

April 2, 2020

Organizations, large and small, have been stepping up to address the community’s growing needs amid the coronavirus outbreak.

While many have been supporting local pantries with food donations, one organization is sending a reminder that there are pets in need, too.

“While there are many humanitarian organizations that provide food to our local community neighbors who need it desperately, we must not forget those same neighbors who have dogs and need food for each of their canine companions,” said Rob Kortus, CEO and founder of Invisible Paw Prints, Inc.

Invisible Paw Prints is a nonprofit organization that provides therapy dog testing and registry services.

The organization has donated over 700 pounds of dog food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

Kortus and his team wanted to also help those affected by the closure of retail businesses, so they purchased the dog food from two local mom-and-pop stores.

“We elected to support our small mom-and-pop pet stores to help keep them afloat,” said Kortus. “These are the times when you just have to reach deep down inside and use what you have to make a difference in someone’s life.”

Each donated bag of dog food came with an encouraging note attached.

“It’s about how much effort and passion we put into our work, which enables us to give back to those who need it most,” Kortus said.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina strives through education, advocacy and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food. It provides a regional distribution warehouse and branches that supply food and grocery items to charitable agencies that assist people and pets in need.

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