PETA to Donate Over 100 Bags of Dog and Cat Food to Local Food Bank

The Group's Animal Shelter Sets Up a Donation Box to Help Keep Companion Animals Safe in Homes During the Pandemic

For Immediate Release:
April 1, 2020

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Worried that some people are having a hard time making ends meet and have animals to feed, PETA will donate 100 bags of dog and cat food to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore on Thursday. The group has also set up a donation box at its headquarters, the Sam Simon Center, where people can drop off sealed bags of animal food. PETA will deliver all donations it receives to the food bank or directly to animal guardians who are struggling as a result of COVID-19 layoffs and closures.

“Animals depend on us to take care of them, and times of crisis are no exception,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “As long as there are cats and dogs out there who need help, PETA will do our best to assist guardians who have fallen on hard times. Anyone who wants to help can make a world of difference simply by contributing some kibble.”

While taking every precaution recommended by health authorities, PETA’s fieldworkers are continuing their essential work to provide dogs and other animals belonging to indigent families in North Carolina and Virginia with shelter, affection, and medical care. The group offers tips, available here, for keeping animals safe during the pandemic, including keeping plenty of extra food and medications on hand and by looking out for neighbors who may not be able to shop for their animal companions.

The donation box is located outside the Sam Simon Center, located at 501 Front St. in Norfolk.

PETA opposes speciesism, the belief that humans’ lives matter more than the lives of other animals. More information about the group’s work in the field can be found here. For more information, please visit

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