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Legis. Trotta Holding Pet Food Drive

Drive will benefit Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Suffolk County Legis. Robert Trotta (right) is pictured with his son, Matt, and their dog, Buddy.
Suffolk County Legis. Robert Trotta (right) is pictured with his son, Matt, and their dog, Buddy.

Suffolk County Legis. Robert Trotta has announced that he is participating in Long Island Cares’ third annual Legislative Food Drive Challenge to focus on providing pet food for its clients.

 “Our pets are part of our families, just like my dog, Buddy,” he said, “and they need help, too, during these hard economic times. 

Trotta pointed out that, according to Long Island Cares, dog and cat food is one of the most requested items by their member agencies because of the costs of heating a home, buying medications, paying bills and putting food on the table. 

“Pets keep many people going, giving them comfort and a reason to survive in difficult times," Trotta said. "Everyone 'owned by a pet' knows that bond, and I appeal to the good neighbors and pet lovers of my district to help out.

“My family is donating the same food we feed Buddy during this drive,” he explained. "We are all spreading the word about this pet food drive."

Since 2009, Long Island Cares has provided free pet food and supplies to individuals and families in need, in an effort to help them maintain their pets at home instead of placing them in shelters.

Pet products that are being collected at Trotta’s office at 59 Landing Avenue in Smithtown are canned and dry cat/dog food, cat/ dog treats, bird seed, fish food, kitty litter and small new toys. 

Trotta will be holding the drive from now until March 31, and his office is open Monday – Friday from 9am until 5pm. For more information, please call Trotta’s office at 631-854-3900.

localguy February 19, 2014 at 01:48 PM
And I think everyone should match the food for pets with a donation of food for the Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry. Now that the holidays are over the supplies will be depleted in no time. It's on the corner of Brooksite Dr and Edgewater Ave. Open from 9-12 m-f... or call 631-265-7676 and see what is needed before you go... a little goes a long way.
stownson February 19, 2014 at 03:12 PM
First big story is about animals? Not very impressed so far.
STAR dot STAR February 21, 2014 at 01:23 PM
The Patch reports that Suffolk County Legislator Robert Trotta "pointed out that, according to Long Island Cares, dog and cat food is one of the most requested items by their member agencies because of the costs of heating a home, buying medications, paying bills and putting food on the table." It should be reported that the single greatest bill that most of us pay is the tax bill. When you put down a $1 can of dog food at the supermarket register you not only pay a sales tax on the can of dog food, you also pay ALL the taxes that have been included in it's cost, the hidden taxes in everything you buy. You are paying the FICA employer matching contribution that the supermarket must pay for the cashier. You are paying the property taxes the supermarket must pay on the building. You as the end-user pay all taxes incurred to put that $1 can of dog food at the register. Now you get to pay the sales tax on that $1 can, and as you drive that can of dog food home to your hungry dog you pay yet another tax, the tax on the gasoline that fuels your car. It is my hope that Suffolk County Legislator Trotta will ardently advocate for the abolition of the horribly regressive sales tax on all food meant for human or animal consumption.
knee jerk February 21, 2014 at 07:24 PM
Only two things are certain in this life- death and taxes.

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