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The Redemption Alley Pet Food Bank in Berwick, N.S., is giving out pet food. (CBC)

A pet food bank has been set up in the Annapolis Valley to help people struggling to feed their animals. 

"Everybody in their life falls on hard times and I've been down that road too and I have two pets and I would go without for them," said Kim DeEll, the founder of Redemption Alley Pet Food Bank in Berwick.

DeEll's non-profit organization takes donations of pet food and then gives them out to people with animals in need. 

She said so far the the community has donated "tonnes" of pet food. The food bank needs a range of different foods. 

"I've helped out somebody that has gerbils and rabbits, it's any pet really," DeEll told CBC Radio's Information Morning

"If you called me and said I need a heat lamp for my snake because it went out and I don't have the money, then I would try my best to get that for you too." 

'There's definitely a need for it'

The pet food bank is needed because human food banks don't always carry pet food, according to DeEll.  

The Redemption Alley Pet Food Bank started out of DeEll's home, then expanded after it received support from a local Foodland grocery store. The pet food bank is now run out of the back of the store. 

In order to use the food bank, people need to fill out a small application. 

"We can help them on a month-to-month basis for up to three months. It has to be a proven need only because we don't have it for everybody."

The pet food bank has been open since November. 

"There's definitely a need for it out there and I decided I'm going to do it because if I can keep owners and pets together that's what I want to do."