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Pet owners line up at food banks in Florida

Long lines have emerged at pet food banks in Florida as desperate owners struggle to feed their beloved animals. 

On Thursday volunteers distributed boxes and bags of free food at a drive-thru pet food bank at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center in Doral, Florida. 

It’s the second food bank distribution organized at this center by the Miami-Dade Animal Services to help families struggling to make ends meet as over 30million Americans have filed for unemployment.   

Locals were seen driving up to the center wearing face masks and plastic gloves, many with their eager puppies in tow.  

Police men were seen directing traffic as long lines of cars lined the street waiting for their turn to accept a donation. Cops were seen putting pieces of paper on the hood of cars indicating to volunteers to put either cat or dog food into the vehicles. 

On Thursday long lines of cars gathered at the drive-thru pet food bank at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center in Doral, Florida where locals in need were given free food for their animals. A man pictured wearing a protective mask as he waits with his dog for a food donation 

A long line of cars gathered at the food bank on Thursday where volunteers piled in bags of dog and cat food into the trunks of waiting cars at the Doral, Florida facility

A long line of cars gathered at the food bank on Thursday where volunteers piled in bags of dog and cat food into the trunks of waiting cars at the Doral, Florida facility 

Lending a helping hand: Eduardo Rodriguez wears a protective face mask as he tosses a bag of dog food into a vehicle at a drive-through pet food bank held by the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center

Lending a helping hand: Eduardo Rodriguez wears a protective face mask as he tosses a bag of dog food into a vehicle at a drive-through pet food bank held by the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center

Stacks of giant bags of cat and dog food were laid under tents at the Doral facility. Cars pulled up to the tents with their trunks open and volunteers placed the food inside in an effective strategy to help the needy while practicing social distancing

Stacks of giant bags of cat and dog food were laid under tents at the Doral facility. Cars pulled up to the tents with their trunks open and volunteers placed the food inside in an effective strategy to help the needy while practicing social distancing

Thursday's event was the second pet food bank organized by Miami-Dade Animal Services to help families struggling to make ends meet as over 30million Americans have filed for unemployment in light of the pandemic

Thursday’s event was the second pet food bank organized by Miami-Dade Animal Services to help families struggling to make ends meet as over 30million Americans have filed for unemployment in light of the pandemic

Piles of pet food were stacked under tents as volunteers hauled bags into the open trucks of customers to practice social distancing. 

Floridians were able to help pet owners get relief thanks to a massive donation from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty and with support from the Miami-Dade Police Department and the City of Doral Police Department. 

In Florida there are over 33,600 cases of COVID-19 and there have been over 1,200 deaths from the deadly virus. 

Throughout the state pet food banks are supporting families in need in Broward and Palm Beach Counties multiple days a week on a first come, first served basis.

Some places like Passion for Paws in West Palm Beach are offering to pay for veterinary costs for cash-strapped pet owners, including the cost of emergency surgery and annual exams.

Volunteers put pieces of paper indicating what kind of animal food was needed on the hood of customer cars

Volunteers put pieces of paper indicating what kind of animal food was needed on the hood of customer cars  

Cops were onside directing traffic at the drive-thru food bank where cars lined up for blocks on Thursday

Cops were onside directing traffic at the drive-thru food bank where cars lined up for blocks on Thursday

Stronger together: Volunteers wore masks and gloves as they handed out much-needed pet food to families in need

Stronger together: Volunteers wore masks and gloves as they handed out much-needed pet food to families in need

Floridians were able to help pet owners get relief thanks to a massive donation from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty and with support from the Miami-Dade Police Department and the City of Doral Police Department

Floridians were able to help pet owners get relief thanks to a massive donation from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty and with support from the Miami-Dade Police Department and the City of Doral Police Department

Many locals brought their pets to the drive-thru center while wearing protective masks

Many locals brought their pets to the drive-thru center while wearing protective masks 

Similar scenes of endless lines at pet food distribution centers have emerged across the country.

In Michigan the Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter durned into a pet food bank, offering food and essential supplies outside of its front entrance in Mason.

In Maryland the Humane Society of the United States has helped organize food shelters across the state for families struggling to put food on the table and in pet food bowls. 

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania over 1,000 people lined up last week at the Animal Friends Chow Wagon Pet Food Bank giving relief to dog and cat owners in need. 

Beatrice Diaz wears a protective face mask as she passes out pet food at the drive-thru food bank on Thursday

Beatrice Diaz wears a protective face mask as she passes out pet food at the drive-thru food bank on Thursday

In Florida there are over 33,600 cases of COVID-19 and there have been over 1,200 deaths from the deadly virus

In Florida there are over 33,600 cases of COVID-19 and there have been over 1,200 deaths from the deadly virus

Throughout the state pet food banks are supporting families in need in Broward and Palm Beach Counties multiple days a week on a first come, first served basis.  Eduardo Rodriguez pictured passing out bags of dog food at the drive through Thursday

Throughout the state pet food banks are supporting families in need in Broward and Palm Beach Counties multiple days a week on a first come, first served basis.  Eduardo Rodriguez pictured passing out bags of dog food at the drive through Thursday

Some places like Passion for Paws in West Palm Beach are offering to pay for veterinary costs for cash-strapped pet owners, including the cost of emergency surgery and annual exams. Cars pictured being directed through the drive-thru food bank

Some places like Passion for Paws in West Palm Beach are offering to pay for veterinary costs for cash-strapped pet owners, including the cost of emergency surgery and annual exams. Cars pictured being directed through the drive-thru food bank

A curious pup looks out of a car window at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center during the pet food bank event Thursday

A curious pup looks out of a car window at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center during the pet food bank event Thursday

Giant white tents held dozens of hundreds of bags of pet food at Thursday's drive-thru pet food bank

Giant white tents held dozens of hundreds of bags of pet food at Thursday’s drive-thru pet food bank

Workers pictured loading massive bags of dog food into a vehicle at the Thursday pet food bank

Workers pictured loading massive bags of dog food into a vehicle at the Thursday pet food bank

Veronica Vazquez pictured wearing a protective mask as she distributes pet food at the drive-thru pet bank on Thursday

Veronica Vazquez pictured wearing a protective mask as she distributes pet food at the drive-thru pet bank on Thursday

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