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Care For Real Hopes Virtual Food Drive Will Help Assist Them In Feeding Hungry Neighborhood Pets

Mayor Pax visits Care For Real’s Pet Pantry

One year ago, a group of socially responsible pets along with their dedicated humans came together for a very special cause. The first Edgewater Pet Mayor event was a hit as the inaugural title was given to Pax the Goat but more importantly the team raised a whopping $20k for Care For Real’s Pet Pantry program.

The money went directly to the organization to help feed the pets of Edgewater residents in need over the last year. The event was so successful that the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce (ECC) had already started planning for the 2020 Pet Mayor race that takes place at the annual EdgeFest. But then COVID-19 changed everything.

With all Chicago festivals halted due to the pandemic, the Edgewater Pet Mayor retained his crown for one more year. Sadly however, the money that would have been raised to continue funding the Pet Pantry was in jeopardy.

In order to keep the Pet Pantry funded, Care For Real and ECC once again are teaming up with Mayor Pax the Goat and his cabinet of furry friends through a virtual Whistle Stop Tour to help raise the crucial money needed to feed neighborhood pets in need.

“The Care for Real Pet Pantry is one of our most beloved services and one of the only free pet pantries in Chicago,” said Care For Real’s Kate Polgar. “Eight years ago, the Pet Pantry was started because we found that far too often, people had to choose between keeping their pets or feeding their families. Many would even decide to go hungry to avoid having to give up their special companion. Last year, the Pet Pantry distributed over 21,000 pounds of pet food to our neighbors!”

A $5,000 goal has been set and that amount alone would fund the Pet Pantry program through the end of the year. According to the event’s organizers, this event is key to funding the pantry and allows them to serve the expanding numbers of neighbors needing assistance. In fact, a small $6 donation can feed a pet for a month and $72 can feed an animal in need for a whole year.

Edgewater Pet Mayor Pax the Goat has become a bit of goat-lebrity over the last year and he along with his cabinet are exited to lend their help for the cause. Not only can people donate a one time $20 donation in honor of Pax the Goat or any other of the six pets, there is also a range of other donation options. The drive will go through September 14, 2020.

“We are so grateful that each of the pets and their owners have been willing to come together to help the Pet Pantry once again,” Polgar added. It is a significant time commitment for our Pet Mayor’s human companions, and we are so grateful for the families of Mayor Pax the Goat, Ballew, Bug, Titus, Winston, and Wrigley. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mayor Pax the Goat, a fantastic ambassador for our mission throughout the past year. Our goat mayor has done an amazing job raising awareness of our mission to make sure all pets are able to be well cared for and fed.”

Donations can be made online at CareForReal.org/petmayor.

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