As part of the Green Dog Walkers scheme, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has launched a new Pet Food Bank to help provide support to pet owners who may be struggling during the current cost-of-living crisis.
A Council spokesperson explained:
"As a Council we don't want any animal - or their owner - to go hungry and are here to help.
"Sadly, the cost-of-living crisis means that more pet owners are struggling to afford to feed their pets. A recent study suggests that seven in ten pet owners are worried about the cost of caring for their animals and a fifth are concerned about how they'll afford to feed them.
"Anyone who wishes to donate dry or canned pet food can do so at any of our three ‘drop off’ locations, namely:
• Ardeevin, Galgorm Road, Ballymena
• Smiley, Victoria Road, Larne
• Civic Centre, Antrim Street, Carrickfergus
"If you are struggling to feed your pet and wish to avail of a donation, then please speak in confidence to a member of our team on 028 2563 3394.
"If you simply want to find out more about our Pet Food Bank then contact us on the number above."