In Saratoga Springs, SUNY Empire State College is helping animal rescues and animal shelters by holding three concurrent pet supply drives around the state. One of those drives will be held in Saratoga Springs this week. Animal welfare organizations rely on donations of money and items to offset their expenses. But shelters are facing an extra burden of more animals to care for during the covid epidemic as people who can no longer afford to care for their pets drop them off at shelters. The epidemic has also forced businesses and individuals to cut back on their regular donations. On Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., volunteers at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society at 111-113 West Ave. in Saratoga Springs will accept new, unwrapped items for pets, including food, toys, leashes, medications, and beds. Donations will be made in a drive-up fashion, with volunteers following mask and social distancing protocols to collect items while drivers remain in their vehicles. Similar collections are also being hosted by the college in Rochester and on Long Island.
In Malta, the town of Malta and Nanola restaurant are among those who have teamed up to collect donations and offer free meals to those in need. Donations are made through a web portal on the town of Malta website called Malta Give to Dine. For every $25 donation received online, the program will order a boxed lunch for four that will be given away for free on a first-come first-serve to those who need it. Donations can be made in $25 increments to provide blocks of meals to residents in need. This is part of the #MaltaWorks and #MaltaHelps efforts. As of Sunday, the program had received more than $4,600 from nearly 70 donors. People who want a meal are asked to make a reservation by calling the Chamber of Commerce office at 518-584-3255. Donations can be made by visiting https://www.saratoga.org/maltaworks/ and clicking the blue box that says “Give to Dine.”
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