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Thousands of pounds of food donated for needy animals

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Thousands of pounds of food is donated for needy, hungry pets through the Holiday Kibble Drope. 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 rescues.

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 lists.

"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.

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