FELLSMERE — Since the pandemic began in 2020, Ted Pankiewicz has seen many different people frequenting the pet-food pantries he operates in Fellsmere and Vero Beach.
While the For the Love of Paws pantry was originally founded to help provide pet food to senior citizens, veterans and the disabled, more and more unemployed and underemployed workers have been stopping by the pantry to get free food for their cats and dogs.
In the past months, Pankiewicz has supplied 10,000 pounds of pet food each month to help people in the community struggling to feed their animals.
That astonishing number has earned Pankiewicz proclamations from the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners as well as from the Sebastian City Council for his work in the community.
For the Love of Paws
What: Pet food pantry, offering dog and cat food to homebound seniors, veterans, the disabled and others needing help feeding their animals.
Where: 12198 County Road 512, Fellsmere; and 931 12th Street, Vero Beach.
Hours: Fellsmere: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays; Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vero Beach: Thursdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Information: 772-539-2417 or visit pawspetsanctuary.org.