Published: Sep 20, 2011 2:51 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 20, 2011 4:01 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- People aren't the only ones getting hit by tough economic times.

While several Southwest Florida charities report people are donating less, the same holds true when it comes to help for animals.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services says its "Pet Pantry" is seeing the biggest donation shortage since it started.

The program's goal is to help low-income owners feed their animals and keep pets off the streets.

The pantry says people can drop off pet food donations at its main office on Banner Drive in Fort Myers, as well as local Publix stores and other participating businesses across Lee County.

"You may not be able to give a hundred dollars, but a bag of food is able to feed a dog for a month. A little bit goes a long way," says Abigail Rodriguez, with LCDAS.

The Pet Pantry currently provides food for more than 1,400 pets.