By Noah Alatza
A new effort to feed pets is under way at the CrossRoads Church of Westfield, 19201 Grassy Branch Rd. The church has looked into providing assistance to animals in need across the northern half of Hamilton County.
Lead Pastor Eric Lohe said the service is designed help pets and their owners.
“While we love pets, this is really an effort to care for the owners of those pets,” Lohe said. “From some local health professionals, we learned that there are people in our community who, when resources are tight, opt to pay for food and care for their pets rather than for prescription medications for themselves.”
In conjunction with the Good Samaritan Effort of Hamilton County, the church will give away free dog and cat food on the first Saturday of each month inside the church. The next giveaway is Jan. 6, from 9 to 11 a.m.
“CrossRoads will be an outlet for the Westfield area,” Lohe said. “We want this to be an initiative to help people care for themselves and their pets.”
Lohe said that a single person with a pet regards them as their sole companion and that those owners will do anything to care for their pets.
Sometime in the future, the church wants to add free nail trims and required shots for pets on a pay-at-cost basis.
A church member who grooms animals has volunteered to help.
For more, visit crchurch.org.