Daffy's facing eviction
Pet Soup Kitchen hopes to raise funds to pay rent

LAWRENCEVILLE - An elderly woman who was going hungry and not buying her prescription medication so she could feed her pet is just one of the people who have been helped by Daffy's Pet Soup Kitchen.

In the past 10 months, the Lawrenceville nonprofit has helped feed more than 2,000 pets belonging to more than 1,000 families that could not afford pet food. But some of the 600 pets the kitchen serves are in danger of going hungry if Daffy's has to move from its warehouse location at 2160 Oakland Industrial Court.

The nonprofit has learned that due to the recession, its warehouse sponsor will no longer be able to provide free space where Daffy's can operate. If the organization isn't able to generate enough donations to pay for the space itself or find another warehouse sponsor, Daffy's will have to move and will likely be unable to help the same number of pets and families.

"This is one less thing that people have to worry about," Daffy's founder Tom Wargo said. "Times are hard right now. The least we can do is help people keep their pets."

To help generate funds, Daffy's will hold its first Daffy's Day block party Saturday at its warehouse, with all donations made during the event going toward the Daffy's Warehouse Fund. Owners and their pets are invited to attend from noon to 5 p.m.

Even if Daffy's is unable to keep its current location, the nonprofit's work feeding pets in need will continue.

"We'll be somewhere," Wargo said. "I had to provide food out of my truck for 11 years before I got the warehouse. If I have to go back to that, I'll go back to that. But we're helping over 600 people right now. I can't do that out of a truck."

SideBar: If you go

· What: Daffy's Day

· When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday

· Where: Daffy's Pet Soup Kitchen, 2160 Oakland Industrial Court, Suite 100, Lawrenceville

· For more information: Call 404-345-6821 or visit www.daffyspetsoupkitchen.com