It was part of the Fill A Bowl ... Feed A Soul program.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food donated nearly 40,000 pounds of its pet food in two Florida cities this week. The donations are part of the pet food company’s Fill A Bowl ... Feed A Soul program, a national campaign aiming to provide 1 million meals for shelter pets annually.

Bark Avenue Healthy Pets in Vero Beach, FL, received 29,989 pounds, where owner Kelly Wood oversaw distribution to local shelters desperate for nutritious food to feed their pets.

Sarah Harrison, owner of the Hound’s Meow in Lutz, FL, helped to organize a 9,495-pound donation to help feed animals in the Tampa area.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul’s FABFAS program was created to help feed pets in need nationwide,” said CEO Chris Mitchell. “We work closely with our independent pet specialty retailers to identify rescue organizations in their area where our food can have a real impact. We believe that every pet should enjoy the benefits of premium nutrition. Healthy pets are happy pets and more readily adoptable.”

“We are so grateful to Chicken Soup For The Soul Pet Food for letting Bark Avenue Healthy Pets help many of the small forgotten local rescues,” Wood said. “These rescues rely entirely on donations for food, medical and foster parents. Because of their generous donation of nearly 30,000 pounds of pet food, we were able to help distribute food and lighten the load to the following rescues: Doberman Rescue of Lake Placid, The Cat Coalition of WPB, For The Love of Paws in Fellsmere, S.P.A.Y.L.E.E. in Fort Meyers, Noah’s Ark in Fort Myers, Sebring Angles in Sebring, C.A.R.E.S Rescue in Brooksville and Venice Doberman Rescue. These groups are volunteer run and do it for the love of pets. We love Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food and their commitment to the independents!”

“We are so happy to be part of this effort to bring healthy food to pets in need in Tampa Bay,” Harrison said. “We feel it is so important to support organizations that help pets find loving and responsible pet parents. We are also so proud to be partners with great companies like Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food that make nutritious pet food and give back to pets in need.”

Hope Helps All and Lost Angels both small, independent rescue organizations located in Tampa will be receiving some of the donation as well as the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

“The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is very grateful for the generosity of Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food! The food will help fill the tummies of many unwanted dogs and cats that we accept at our shelter. Caring sponsors like them help us care for even more animals!” said Pam Backer, director of Shelter Operations.

“We are so pleased to be able to help Tampa with this donation. We know the food will be put to good use within a community that has received a rise in animal intake since Hurricane Irma hit,” Mitchell said.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food recently distributed more than 110,000 pounds to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and has donated approximately 1.5 million nutritious meals to pets in need nationwide since beginning this initiative in June 2016.

Chicken Soup for the Soul understands the unique relationship between people and pets. Health conscious consumers have been feeding their cats and dogs Chicken Soup for the Soul wholesome and balanced, super premium pet food for over 15 years. Holistic in nature, the entire line of products is made from only the finest ingredients: real meats (chicken, turkey, duck and salmon), fruits, vegetables and herbs. With no added corn, wheat, soy, artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives, Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food is

inspired by your love for pets, and promotes overall health and well-being for dogs and cats. The products are proudly made in the USA, and feature rescued shelter pets on every bag. Core and grain-free formulas and a line of treats are available in independent pet specialty stores nationwide and online.

A portion of all proceeds from the sale of Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food goes to help shelters and pets in need through Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Fill-a-Bowl ... Feed-a-SoulTM program. The program which was launched in association with the American Humane aims to provide a million meals to shelter pets annually.