The pandemic has created enormous economic hardship for so many families, and that includes families with pets.
But all the while, a Hartford native who has made animal welfare the vocation of her life has stepped up to make sure that no animal is left without food.
For Sonya Harrison, her mission every day is simple: to make sure every animal that needs a meal gets one.
“People here love their animals and my thing is I want to be able to help them keep them,” said Harrison, the founder of No Animal Left Unfed. It is a Hartford-based non-profit organization that provides pet food for animals that might otherwise go hungry due to the economic hardships of their owners.
She said that especially in places like Hartford – which is considered a food desert – access to pet food is not ideal and often costs significantly more. This reality, especially during the pandemic, has forced many families to make difficult decisions.
“If this is a food desert for this family and if this family has a pet, it is literally the same for them. If they can’t afford to buy food, there is absolutely no way they can afford pet food, ”said Harrison.
She is often found roaming around town hunting cat colonies to feed the animals that live outside, then working with other pets to get them adopted. His organization also sponsors families who cannot afford pet medical care so their animals can stay healthy. And once a month at Latter Rain Christian Fellowship Church, the nonprofit organizes a free pet pantry.
It’s a long-standing passion that has evolved into a full-time animal welfare organization that Shonya says has helped some 5,000 animals and their families to date and she seeks to add more every day.
“I have always considered myself to be a steward of my community. I think you have to give back, ”Harrison said.
To learn more about No pets left without food, visit http://www.noanimalleftunfedinc.com/donations.html