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Cars are pictured queuing at the Chautauqua County Humane Society’s pet pantry at the James Prendergast Library on Wednesday afternoon. A line of vehicles rolled around the corner of the library. Photos of PJ by Katrina Fuller

Pet parents gathered in droves at the James Prendergast Library on Wednesday afternoon for the Chautauqua County Humane Society’s Drive-Thru Pet Pantry.

A line of cars filled the parking lot and coiled around the corner of Cherry Street in Jamestown as humanitarian society volunteers walked for more dog and cat food. Jennifer Bartkowski, director of human and animal support services, said people lined up before the event started at 2 p.m.

Bartkowski said that at the start of the pet pantry event, two vans full of pet food were full – but were quickly emptied 30 minutes after the official start time. Approximately 70 pounds of dog food and 1,000 pounds of cat food were distributed within minutes.

The volunteers rushed to get more food to continue the gift.

“We will try to be here until 5:00 PM.” she said. “We will be restocking and people will be back in about half an hour to recover from our departure. “

When the volunteers returned with their trunks and back seats full of animal food, the army of volunteers got to work, delivering them to every car in line. Bartkowski wondered aloud if the giveaway would last until 5 p.m., fearing they would run out again.

Bartkowski said those who were unable to make it to the event can contact the Salvation Army or the Chautauqua County Humane Society regarding their usual pet pantry programs at both locations.

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