Volunteers come to the aid of TSA pet owners

Mike DeNardo
January 23, 2019 - 4:00 am
Donated food has been available for TSA workers during the government shutdown.  But a Chester Springs nonprofit was at the airport Tuesday, delivering donated food for the workers' pets.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  Donated food has been available for TSA workers during the government shutdown, but a Chester Springs nonprofit was at the airport Tuesday, delivering donated food for the workers' pets. 

Most people unload luggage at the airport departures lane, but Bill Smith and a handful of volunteers from 1Love4Animals unloaded bags of dog and cat food. He says the four carloads of food were collected for TSA workers who have gone unpaid during the shutdown. 

"Because in times of financial hardship, it's usually the cats and dogs that end up losing their homes. And we didn't want that to happen. So what we're going to do is give them free dog and cat food to tide them over until the government shutdown is over," Smith said.

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Local TSA union chief Joe Shuker says the gesture is appreciated.

"Cat and dog food is expensive. Our officers haven't been paid so there's not a lot of cash for them, so this is a great contribution," said Shuker. 

LaShanda Palmer has worked for the TSA for 17 years. 

"I have five kids, plus a pit bull. It really is affecting us really bad. I wasn't in a position to miss one paycheck. And now we're going on two," Palmer said. 

So free dog food for her pit bull, Blue, will come in handy. 

"This has restored all my faith in Philadelphia - everything that's being done for us. It's overwhelming, the love that we've got," she added.