New pet food pantry to open in Reed City

Thrift store will help fund nonprofit

205 W. Upton Ave in Reed City is the new home of New Horizons Humane Society pet food bank and thrift store that will be opening soon. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

205 W. Upton Ave in Reed City is the new home of New Horizons Humane Society pet food bank and thrift store that will be opening soon. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

REED CITY -- Pet owners needing assistance will soon have a new place to go in Reed City.

New Horizon Humane Society, Inc., a nonprofit volunteer-based foster care animal rescue organization, is opening a pet food pantry and thrift store at 205 W. Upton Ave.

In addition to assisting pet owners in Osceola County with pet food and other supplies, the organization plans to open a low-cost clinic for spaying and neutering, as well as vaccinations.

"It is out goal to operate the thrift store and pet food pantry from this location," president of the organization, Miguel Troche said. "Income from the thrift store will help support the food pantry, and eventually a free spay/neuter and vaccination clinic.

"These procedures can be very expensive," he continued. "We want to be able to assist with that for low-income residents so that they can keep their animals at home."

Troche explained that they are not an animal shelter, but rather an animal resource center.

Services provided by the organization include a pet food pantry, animal foster care, spay and neuter vouchers and animal surrender.

"We are a resource to help animals to remain in their homes, and to provide foster shelter for unwanted and homeless animals until a forever home can be found," Troche said.

A grand opening of the pet food pantry and thrift store is scheduled for noon, Saturday, May 1. A ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the Reed City Rotary Club and the Reed City Chamber of Commerce is planned.

Thrift store donations are being accepted and can be dropped off at the Upton Avenue location. They are accepting donations of pet supplies, clothing and household items.

In addition, Huntington Bank will be conducting a pet food drive in the lobby of the bank. Customers, and other community members, may drop off pet food items and other pet supplies.

"The pet food pantry is most in need of cat litter, cat food and dog food," Troche said. "We are unable to accept open or expired food, however."

Monetary donations are currently being accepted, as well, and can be mailed to P.O. Box 67, Reed City, MI 49677. After April 24, they can also be mailed to 205 W. Upton Ave, Reed City, MI 49677.

Donations can be made online by visiting newhorizonshumanesociety.org.

Anyone in need can request assistance by visiting the website, or by calling 231-468-1581.

Residents who are in need of items that can be purchased in the thrift store may be eligible for a shopping voucher from a local community assistance agency, Troche said.