Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter (TMAS) will host two Pet Pantry events at local elementary schools later this spring.

The pantry event is scheduled for Feb. 27 at Buhl Elementary and March 27 at Brookwood Elementary. Both events will run from noon to 3 p.m.

"The Pet Pantry is a community project that is to help families with their animals," Becki Pate, TMAS' event coordinator, said. The idea behind the project is to offer pet food to families who otherwise cannot afford it, no matter the reason.

The event is operated as a drive-thru and pet parents do not have to exit their vehicles at any time. Once someone pulls into the parking lot for the event, TMAS employees will gather their information and put the pet food into the person's car.

"Each family will receive one bag of dog food and some canned food," Pate said.

Pate also mentioned that the amount of food someone receives will be determined by the size of the animal.

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This event is dependent on donations. Pate added that the amount of people they can help depends on what supplies the shelter can obtain from community assistance, and TMAS accepts donations year-round.

The shelter will accept money, gift cards or food itself. For more information on TMAS or its Pet Pantry events, visit their website or Facebook page.

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