New initiative making a paws-itive impact on the community
By Zachary Roman
Published May 26, 2020
A new initiative called Puppy Paw’s Pantry, started by local chef and mom Cheryl-Ann Haywood, is providing dog food free of charge to those in need amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Her service, which started on May 10, can be accessed discreetly and will deliver dry or wet dog food to your place of residence, no questions asked.
Haywood has bred Boston Terriers for 30 years, which has no doubt contributed to her passion for this project.
“I’ve always loved dogs and helping people,” said Haywood. “This was a way for me to give back to the community, especially when families are facing financial hardships like never before.”
Haywood said she has received a few donations already and has purchased lots of food herself to have when she is called upon. When it is safe to do so, Haywood wants to approach the pet stores in the community as well.
“I believe the best way to help in these times is to be kind and think of others,” said Haywood. “Good deeds can change someone’s life.”
Haywood said that the reaction from community members and friends to Puppy Paw’s Pantry has been overwhelmingly positive. She plans to run the initiative for as long as there is a need for it and she is physically and financially able to.
“My mission is to help families keep their dogs and not have the dogs be surrendered to rescues due to financial hardships,” said Haywood. “Families facing hard times should not have to choose to feed their dogs or their children.”
If you would like to make a donation to Puppy Paw’s Pantry or use the service yourself, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.