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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Paws Pantry for pets to host casino fundraiser Jan. 18

Paws Pantry's mission statement: "Make sure no family pet goes to sleep hungry."

Now founder Cindy Hardwick is looking for awareness of her pet food bank, currently applying for non-profit status to also accept donations.

"For right now, Paws Pantry will be run out of my basement," said Cindy, a Madison resident. "If there is a family or individual that finds themselves financially unable to feed their pets - dogs, cats, fish, gerbils, whatever - Paws Pantry will be able to provide them with the necessary food for their animals.

"I don't want anyone to have to give up their pet, take them to a shelter or just abandon them. Paws Pantry can help. Each request will be individually looked over to determine need. There are certain financial guidelines that must be met in order to obtain food, but we will strive to make sure no one is turned away."

Already Paws Pantry has scheduled a fundraiser - a bus trip to Seneca Allegany Casino on Monday, January 18. The bus leaves about 7:30 a.m. from State Route 90 and Route 306 by the Red Roof Inn, and returns about 7:30 p.m.

Cost is $35; the casino comps $20 slot play and $5 toward food. Visitors also receive two drink coupons and a goodie bag on the bus. Bloody Marys, screwdrivers, beer and water will be available. Call Cindy for details at 440-298-1530 or 440-823-0486.

Anyone else interested in this effort, either to provide help or seek help, can reach Cindy at 440-298-1530 week days after 5 p.m. and weekends, or e-mail her at or

-- Sandra M. Klepach,


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