Thousands of pounds of food is donated for needy, hungry pets through the Holiday Kibble Drope.
RALEIGH, N.C. -
Christmas came a little early for some animal shelters and
Tuesday was the third annual Holiday Kibble Drop, when
thousands of pounds of food is donated for needy, hungry pets -- for some, it
came right on time.
The SPCA of Wake County says this time of year, people are
in the spirit of giving, but homeless animals aren't always on their giving
"This is a time when everybody is focused on giving, and
sometimes our animal friends who can't ask for their gifts don't always get
what they need," White explained.
The Holiday Kibble Drop is a 12-city tour courtesy of Ellen
DeGeneres' natural pet food company, Halo, as well as Purely for Pets and
freekibble.com. The goal is to donate 500,000 meals to needy dogs and cats
across the nation.
"Basically we're going to give away thousands and thousands
of pounds of really good pet food to local rescues," explained Valerie Mendyka,
with Phydeaux pet store, who helped facilitate the Kibble Drop.
"A lot of times with the foster organizations, these people
are paying out of pocket to feed these animals that they are looking for a home
for. So it really helps them."
Five shelters around the Triangle benefited from the Kibble
Drop, including the SPCA of Wake County, which stocked up with 3,000 pounds of
dog and cat food.
"We are so grateful to Halo for this donation; our cupboards
were especially bare right now," Paul White, with the SPCA of Wake County. "We
were about to have to go out and buy a bunch of food, so their call came at a
really crucial time for us."
Since 2008 the Holiday Kibble Drop has donated 11.5 million
meals to shelters and rescues.
The Raleigh area shelters and rescues that benefited from
this year's Kibble Drop include Goathouse Refuge, SPCA of Wake County, Anson
County Animal Shelter, Pawfect Match and Happy Hills Animal Foundation.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:43:09 GMT
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