Sisters Emma, 10, (left) and Madison, 13 of Montoursville hosted a lemonade stand with their mom Yvonne Fagnano, selling delicious homemade sandwiches, soups, and baked goods. They raised $570 for the Pet Pantry of Lycoming County along with donating a wagon load of pet food. Photo provided

Economic hardship can strike anyone unexpectedly, and for those with pets it can lead to the difficult decision of having to surrender a beloved animal to a shelter. The Pet Pantry of Lycoming County (PPLC) is a program with a mission to prevent as many families as possible from having to make such a heartbreaking choice. The program provides temporary supplemental pet food to dog and cat owners throughout Lycoming County.

Most of the PPLC’s supplies come from individual donations and partnerships with local businesses, but in mid-September, one family went above and beyond with a tremendous act of kindness. On September 14, 2019, two sisters, Emma, 10, and Madison, 13, of Montoursville, joined their mother Yvonne to run a lemonade stand as a fundraiser. The girls presented a check for $570 and a wagon full of pet food to the pantry.

The PPLC relies on donations of money and sealed, non-expired cat and dog food from the community. Donations are accepted at the Saint Ann’s Parish office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The program distributes pet food on a first come, first served basis on the third Saturday of each month at Saint Ann’s Parish Hall, 1220 Northway Rd., Williamsport, from 10 to 11 a.m.

On average, about 70 pets receive donated food per month.

To learn more about the program, its supporters, events, and monthly counts of animals assisted, visit the PPLC on Facebook.