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Michigan Humane Society Offers Free Pet Food To Federal Works Amid Shutdown

January 16, 2019 - 7:31 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - The Michigan Humane Society is stepping up to help furloughed federal workers feed their furry friends during the partial government shutdown.

Free dog and cat food will be available to federal employees this Saturday, January 19, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at the MHS warehouse, located at 6175 Trumbull in Detroit. Just show your federal ID to receive the food.

Announcing the effort in a Twitter video, CEO Matt Pepper said it's thanks to a generous anonymous donor. 

The thought behind it: To help make sure families can stay together during this trying time.

"The Human Society prides itself in being a critical part of this community and a resource to the people we share it with," Pepper said. "We know that because of all that's going on with the federal government there are people who have to choose between paying their bills and feeding their pets."

Anyone who would like to help is welcome to stop by to donate food for distribution to furloughed families. (Make a financial donation anytime at this link). 

Around 800,000 federal employees across the nation have been affected by the shutdown, now on its 26th day. Most received their last paycheck over with two weeks ago, receiving $0.00 pay stubs last Friday.

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