Scottsdale animal rescue taking donations to help pet owners affected by the shutdown

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- One animal rescue is making sure everyone affected by the partial Federal government shutdown is taken care of, including their four-legged friends.

"We just don't want those folks to have to worry about that, and not be in that situation," said Melissa Gable with Foothills Animal Rescue. The Scottsdale-based animal rescue started a big food drive for those affected by the shutdown.

"We're all animal lovers. We're all pet owners, and I think we also realize that what's happening to these employees, these federal workers, could easily happen to us," said Gable. "A lot of us are living paycheck to paycheck, and your dogs and cats are like your family, and I think a lot of us would stop feeding ourselves so our pets could eat."

They are currently accepting wet and dry dog, as well as cat food. Anything helps. Officials say once they get enough, they'll begin distributing to anyone with a government ID that needs an extra boost.

"We know if it was us, we'd be really worried about our animals," said Gable.