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Staff at a local veterinary hospital are hoping the holiday spirit will spur more locals to pitch in to help pets in need.
“Whether you are 1 or 100 years old, a pet is a form of comfort and just because an owner is older doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to have a pet for that love and affection,” said Teresa Cox, client service representative at Brandywine Veterinary Hospital. “The Hungry Pet Food Bank does a great job of helping people in the community with limited resources care for their animals in the appropriate way and we’re a proud supporter of this great organization.”
For the fourth year in a row, Brandywine staffers are collecting donations of pet food — dry and wet food — as well as other animal accessories and funds for the pet food bank. Cox said the effort garnered about 900 pounds of supplies, but they’ve only collected roughly 300 pounds so far this year.
“We have a good amount of clients that donate every year and we even have clients that no longer have pets, but come bring donations because they know we’re collecting,” she said. “We have a decent amount of donors that are new and have never helped before, but want to donate this year.”
The clinic at 4506 Nash St. N. has a small Christmas tree set up in the lobby where residents can write their name on an ornament and be entered in a drawing just for donating to the cause.
“We have a gift basket for cats and another one for dogs with items from representatives from drug companies and our suppliers as well as the lab where we do our blood work,” Cox said. “Each basket is full of everything from brushes, toys, a leash and collar to preventative care for your pets.”
Each basket is valued at more than $100, but donors giving cash can receive a bonus. Musician Tas Cru donated a box of his “Doggone Blues” CDs in exchange for checks or cash contributed to The Hungry Pet Food Bank at Brandywine.
“Pets are eternal friendship,” Cox said with a smile as she thought about her own pup, Honey. “They are your best friend and an eager tail wag when you come home. They are always happy to see you and the most loyal living creature in the world.”
To be entered to win the gift baskets, donate by 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 28. Brandywine collects donations for dogs, cats and other pets for the food bank throughout the year.
“They’ll take food, beds, toys, leashes and collars,” Cox said. “If you have something for pets, there is someone out there who can use it.”
For more information on Brandywine, visit www.brandywinevethospital.com/. Visit www.facebook.com/thehungrypetfoodbank/ for more information and Wilsonians interested in helping or needing assistance can call 252-360-0164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.