Earlier this year, 17-year-old Dylan Soucy and his grandfather Richard Clish built a pantry for the front yard of Soucy’s Warren home to add to the mini-library they built in 2018 .
On Saturday, they added a pantry where pet owners in need can pick up food, treats and toys.
“We even have poo bags,” Dylan said.
The family’s blessing box was so well received that they decided a separate pet pantry would be a great addition. Grocery prices are at an all-time high, which means pet food prices have also risen.
“We want to make sure people have what they need to take care of their pets,” said Dylan’s mother, Kris Soucy. “I know that often people worry about feeding their pet before feeding themselves. We want to help people on both counts.
The Soucy Pet Blessing Box, which was built in honor of the family dog, Dudley, after crossing the Rainbow Bridge in May, is accepting donations for all types of pets from company.
“Right now we have mostly dog and cat stuff, but if anyone wants to donate hamster food, that’s fine,” Kris said. “We want to be inclusive.
As with the original blessing box, the Soucys review all donations to ensure that none of the donated items are open or expired. Then they organize and store the blessing box. If they notice a particular item is needed, Kris will spread the word on social media and someone will usually end up donating.
“We really needed canned protein,” Kris said. “I posted something on Facebook and right away people were bringing in tuna and spam and cans of sausages. People have been so generous and people are definitely using it. Every day people come and take things.
Soucy Blessing Boxes are located at 11359 Coolidge Avenue near 10 Mile and Hoover Roads in Warren and everyone is welcome to bring what they need. Donations can be left on the porch.