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MCPAW (Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being) and Safeway have partnered to help federal employees impacted by the government shutdown. When MCPAW’s Executive Director, Chris Shaughness, learned about the impacts to federal employees during the government shutdown, she immediately reached out to Safeway for help with stocking MCPAW’s free pet food pantry.  

“Safeway chose MCPAW last year as a recipient of their Pet Project, donating several pallets of food for our free pet food pantry. I immediately knew that they would again help us out. Safeway has been such a great supporter of our mission to help the animals of Montgomery County,” said Ms. Shaughness. 

MCPAW offers a free pet food pantry, located within the Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center (MCASAC) in Derwood, year-round to residents of Montgomery County. But the demand for pet food has increased since the government shut down began. Many federal employees reside in Montgomery County, and some need help with feeding their pets until they can once again receive a paycheck.

Safeway generously donated over 160 bags of cat and dog food to MCPAW. According to Beth Goldberg, Safeway’s Eastern Division Sr. Manager of Community & Public Affairs,

“MCPAW is a valued partner. We appreciate the services that they provide to the community and their pets, and we’re pleased to be able to support them.”

Federal employees residing in Montgomery County can come to MCASAC during their regular hours (Noon – 7:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; Noon – 5:00pm Friday – Sunday) to pick up food. Federal employee identification will be required to receive aid, and we request that you only take no more than a month’s supply.

MCPAW is the nonprofit, fundraising partner for the Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center. MCPAW does not receive government funding and relies solely on donations. MCPAW’s mission is to provide resources and support to benefit the animals in residence at MCASAC, work to identify and influence the main reasons that animals end up in shelters, and assist residents affected by animals in Montgomery County.