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Brown County woman keeping local pets with owners in need

Posted: 12:56 PM, Mar 20, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-20 18:11:53-04

BROWN COUNTY — When money is tight and things are so uncertain, families in Brown County are faced with a difficult decision: how am I going to afford to feed my pet?

Chasity Cecil with the animal rescue Hope's Paws has been helping people facing that decision.

"A lot of people have gotten laid off, so people are getting really nervous, thinking, ‘How am I going to feed myself, my family, provide for everything and then my animals?’ I've had four people ask me in the last three days if we would be able to take their animals if it came down to it, or if we could place them in rescues,” Cecil said.

Cecil doesn't want people to lose their animals, and local rescues are already full, so she stepped up and created a pet food pantry.

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Chasity Cecil with the animal rescue Hope's Paws has been helping people provide basic needs for their dogs, cats, bunnies and more.

Donations started coming in right away.

Cecil runs to local stores to stock up on dog food, cat food and cat litter.

She delivers the pet supplies herself to the doorstep of families in need.

Sometimes she gets a chance to meet the animals. Yesterday she met an elderly man and his 12-year-old rabbit. He wasn't able to leave the house, so Cecil delivered the supplies for the bunny and some essentials for him, too.

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Sometimes she gets a chance to meet the animals. Yesterday she met an elderly man and his 12-year-old rabbit. He wasn't able to leave the house, so Cecil delivered the supplies for the bunny and some essentials for him, too.

She knows the calls are going to keep coming in -- you can help by donating to her Go Fund Me, purchasing items from her Amazon wish list or placing a purchased pickup order to Tractor Supply Co. in Sardinia.