Wednesday, April 5, 2017

5 Ways to Help Your Local Animal Shelter or Rescue

If you love animals, you likely want to help your local shelters and rescues. There are several shelters and rescues in Volusia County you can help and there are plenty of ways to do so. While connecting with the shelter and asking what they need is always a good place to start, you can use these 5 guidelines to help local shelters and rescues save animals.

Donate Food – Most shelters are always in need of pet food, but places like Sophie's Circle actively run pet food drives to help animals stay out of the shelter. By providing food to needy families and seniors who cannot provide food for their pets, we keep animals safe at home with the families who love them. This kind of donation is affordable, often tax deductible and allows you to pitch in whenever you have enough money for a space bag of dog or cat food. Most shelters actively accept pet food donations, but you can call in to ask if they need them before making the purchase.

Volunteer Your Time – Many shelters and rescues operate on a volunteer or semi-volunteer basis, which means that most people working there are doing so for free. If you have extra time, one of the best things you could offer could be your time. This is especially important if you have skills like social media, photography, dog grooming, animal care, or are just good at cleaning. There are hundreds of tasks surrounding animal rescue including feeding, caring for, cleaning up after and grooming animals, but also handling social media, promoting and marketing animals to ensure that they are adopted, handling questions, paperwork and even taxes. If you think you can help, call your local shelter or rescue and ask.

Donate – Whether you have money, old blankets and clothes, dog food, or anything else, your local shelter or rescue may be able to use it. While a cash donation is the most versatile donation you can make, you don't have to have money to contribute. In most cases, old blankets are perfect for keeping dogs and cats warm in shelters, old dog crates and leashes can be used for transportation, etc.. Some shelters maintain a list of items they accept as donations, but you can also call in or contact their Facebook page to ask.

Ask What They Need – Some shelters will need specific items and you can help a great deal by calling in to ask. For example, if a shelter has recently rescued puppies, they might need formula for the pups, if it's cold, they might need blankets and if they're running low on food, they might literally need a food donation. You can always ask how you can help to make the most of every donation.

Educate Others – If you can adopt, it's always better to adopt and get an animal out of the shelter.

However, you can also work to educate friends and family, get them to adopt when necessary and share animals on shelter pages to help them find homes. By actively participating on shelter pages, you can greatly improve their reach and make sure that more people see every animal on the page. You can also help by ensuring that friends and family are educated on the difficulties of raising animals, that they know the responsibility of getting a pet and ensuring that no one you know blindly jumps into getting a pet, which will then end up in the shelter.

If you have more time and resources than most, you can consider volunteering to foster animals. This can be a great way to offer a lot of help to local rescues, who often need temporary homes for animals to socialize them and to keep them out of crates and kennels. However, most shelters will want to establish a relationship with you and this will include considerable screening to ensure that you can care for special needs animals on a regular basis.

If you want to help, there are dozens of ways to do so and these 5 are just a place to start. Thank you for caring.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Help Sophie's Circle Save 17 Dogs from the Redlands

Sophie's Circle is dedicated to rescuing dogs whenever we can, no matter the circumstances of their health. That's why we chose to work alongside the Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project to rescue dogs from Redlands, a dog dumping area. These dogs are in danger of being eaten, dying of starvation and many are frequently found dead soon after being dumped. Our mission was to save as many as possible and we collected 17 dogs with the intent of giving them medical care and finding them a new home.
Now, we need your help to meet the extensive medical needs of these dogs to ensure that they can go on to find a loving family.
What is Redlands?
Most of us know that some people dump dogs they no longer want. While we often try not to think about it, it is an unpleasant truth. Redlands is a place in Miami that has become known as a dumping ground for pets. This means that 'owners' who no longer want the responsibility of their pet will often drive to Redlands, throw the animal out, often without stopping and leave.
These dogs are most often indoor animals, raised around humans their entire lives with no survival skills. In the wild, they become prey for alligators and panthers, are hit by cars and many starve. Their interactions with humans are few and many become feral.
The Redlands Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project is a non-profit group that aims to feed these mistreated dogs as often as they can with their funds. Unfortunately, there are just too many for volunteers to keep up with and many still die.
The Rescue
On March 10th, Sophie's Circle went to the Redlands in Miami with the intent of rescuing as many dogs as we could. We eventually brought 17 dogs back to our shelter, which only slightly reduced the number of animals at Redlands. Each of these dogs needs medical attention and significant care to recover.
Many have eye infections, severely infected bite wounds with bugs and maggots, fleas, ear infections and even chemical burns. It is our mission to nurse these dogs back to health so that we can find them great homes.
How You Can Help
Each dog will cost us an average of $400 each for spaying, neutering, micro-chipping, vaccination and deworming. Many will cost more for medical treatment for infected eyes, ears and bite marks.
At this time, our biggest need is for monetary donations. This will help us to take care of these animals and get them into good shape. However, if you cannot, please share on your social media so that we can build exposure for the rescue to get these dogs the help they need.
Meet the Dogs!
Paddington – A Chow mix who was initially quite skittish turned into one of the sweetest dogs we caught. Check Paddington's rescue video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni9m_7yhk3Y

El Guapo – El Guapo is one of our most serious rescues and we took him straight to the Animal Emergency Hospital. He was badly burned with chemicals and lost hair around his neck, which has become infected. He is receiving medical treatment daily for the injuries.
View his rescue video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3cIC7aFQJY







Ladybug – Ladybug was our easiest 'catch' at Redlands and one of the sweetest dogs in the shelter. She's crate trained, probably recently dropped and very friendly.


Honey Bee – Honey Bee is a 10 pound Chihuahua with one eye out, who is well behaved, leash trained and ready to adopt.

Jewel – Jewel is a 35 pound pitbull with a sweet temper and well behaved. She's good with other cats and dogs and is ready to adopt.

Sullivan & Sully – Sullivan and Sully are two 12-week large-breed dog mixes.

To see more of the dogs from the Redlands Rescue, visit our Facebook Page, Sophie's Circle Dog Rescue. If you can, please donate to help cover the medical costs for these dogs so we can get them a better life.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Cypress Creek Elementary Pet Food Drive – Kids Lend a Helping Hand to Their Furry Friends

Sophie's Circle works year round to provide food and rescue to dogs in Volusia County but our pet food bank relies on the generosity of our donors. Sometimes those donors go above and beyond to help out, for no other reason than that they love animals. For that reason, we wanted to call out and thank a special group of kids who worked hard to help animals and collect food for them.
On November 4th, 2016, the Cypress Creek Elementary hosted a pet food drive to collect food for Sophie's Circle, and the thousands of animals we help every year. This food will go towards helping the animals in our shelter until we find them homes, and towards helping families in need keep the animals they love.
The class, from Port Orange Florida, are in the third grade, and collected the food as part of a project under their teacher, Michelle Morrison Phelan.
"I have a lot of dogs that are a part of my family and I love them very much. My reason is so that they can have a home and live in peace. Maybe it's your turn to save a dog and you can be its loving and caring family." - Kendra
"Because I'd never want my dog in the shelter or any other dog to go to the shelter." - McKenna
Sophie's Circle collects pet food year round and we are forever indebted to our wonderful donors, like the third grade class from Cypress Creek.


From the Class:
Every participant in the Cypress Creek Elementary Pet Food Drive sat down to write about why they helped, and why they want to help animals. You can find their answers below:


"My first reason is so they can live a happy life. I got my dog from a shelter and we saved his life. He was so happy to have a loving family. In closing, you now know my opinion. It is so important to give back and help as many animals as I can."  - Bradshaw
"Do you like animals? Well I sure do! I feel that animals deserve the very best. I'm going to share my opinion with you. My first reason that I'm going to share is animals should have a nice and caring family. I have two dogs that are part of my family. I love them very much. My second reason is I don't want any animals living in a shelter. I got a dog from the shelter and we saved his life. He was so happy to have a loving family" - Jessica
"You think it is important to help animals However, I'll share some reasons why I think it's important. My first reason is sometime animals are in danger. My next reason is so animals don't starve. Animals deserve good shelter and to live like everyone else.  - Sean
"My first reason is some animals are already in danger. There are really so many helpless and homeless animals. My next reason is that every animal can have a home. There are so many animals in shelters. Animals deserve a good life like everyone else. - George
"So animals are protected, there are already so many helpless and homeless animals. My next reason is so that every animal can have a home. There are so many animals in shelters. Animals deserve a good home like everyone else.  - Mackenzie
"Animals are nice and friendly creatures so we should help save them. I feel that animals deserve the very best. I'm going to share my opinion with you. My first reason is that I'm going to share is animals should have a nice and caring family. I have one dog and I love her very much. My second reason is I don't want any animals living in a shelter. Because I'd never want my dog in the shelter or any other dog to go to the shelter. In closing you can now see my opinion. It's so important to give back and to help as many animals as I can." - McKenna
"Do you like animals? Well, I sure do! I feel that animals deserve the very best. I'm going to share my opinion with you. My first reason that I'm going to share is so they don't go to a shelter. I feel this way because animals should have the same respect as people. My second reason is so that they have food and water so they don't starve. " - Anna
"Do you think it's important to help animals? I am going to share some reasons why I feel it is important. My first reason is some animals are already in danger. There are already so many helpless and homeless animals. My next reason is so that every animal can have a home, there are already so many animals in shelters. In closing you can now see why I feel it is important to help animals."
"Do you think it is important to help animals? I'm going to share some reasons why I feel it is important. My first reason is so animals are protected. There are already so many helpless and homeless animals. My next reason is so animals don't starve. There are so many animals in shelters. Animals deserve a good life, like everyone else." - James
"Believe it or not, helping animals is very important. I feel that animals deserve the very best. I'm going to share my opinion with you. My first reason I'm going to share is that I don't want animals to go to the shelter because that would be really sad. My second reason is so that they can have a happy life" - Joshua
"You might think helping animals is not important. I feel that animals deserve the best. I'm going to share my opinion with you. My first reason that I'm going to share is so animals can have a nice and caring family and for they do not struggle. I love them very much. My second reason is so they can survive longer.. When animals live on the street, they struggle to get food and water and when they get a family, it's easier for them. In closing, hopefully you now know why it is important to help animals. Hopefully your opinion is mine." - Sophia
"Do you think it's important to help animals? I'm going to share some reasons why I feel it's important. My first reason is some animals are already in danger. There are already so many helpless and homeless animals. My next is so that every animal can have a home. There are so many animals in shelters. Animals deserve a good life, like everyone else."
"You may not think it's important to help animals, I will share some facts why it's important. My first reason is some animals are already in danger. There are already some helpless animals. My next reason is so no animals starve. There are so many animals in the shelters. In closing, now you know it's so important to help animals. - Shaun
"Keeping animals safe. You may not think it is important to help animals however I will share some reasons why I believe it is important. My first reason is some animals are already in danger. There are already so many helpless and homeless animals. My next reason is some animals don't starve. There are so many in shelters. So animals can have a good home. Animals deserve a good life like everyone else. In closing, now you know why I feel it is so important to help animals" - Trevor
"You might think animals can survive on their own but really they need us. I feel like you should help the poor creatures survive, so I'm going to share my opinion with you. My first reason that I’m going to share is so they can live a happy life. I feel this way because I have a lot of dogs that are a part of my family and I love them very much. My second reason is so that they can have a home and live in peace. Maybe it's your turn to save a dog and you can be its loving and caring family. Now you know all of my opinions. It's very important to love and care for the lovely and nice creatures. - Kendra
Do you think it's important to help animals? I'm going to share some reasons why I feel it's important. My first reason is some animals are already in danger. There are already so many helpless and homeless animals. My next reason is so that every animal can have a home. There are so many animals in shelters, animals deserve a good life like everyone else"  - Audrey
"Do you like animals, well I sure do! I believe that animals deserve the very best. I'm going to share my opinion with you. My first reason that I'm going to share with you is animals should have a nice and loving family. My second reason is I don't want any animals living in a shelter. We adopted a dog and we saved his life, and he was so happy to have a loving family. - Andrea
"Do you think it's important to help animals? I'm going to share some reasons why I feel it is important. My first reason is animals are already in danger. There are already so many helpless and homeless animals. My next reason is so that every animal can have a home. There are so many animals in shelters. Animals deserve a good life like everyone else. " - Warren
"Do you think it is important to help animals? I'm going to share some reasons why I feel it is important. My first reason is some animals are already in danger. There are already so many helpless and homeless animals. My next reason is so that every animal can have a home. There are so many animals in shelters. Animals deserve a good life like everyone else." Katherine
"Do you like animals" Well I sure do! I feel that animals deserve the very best. I'm going to share my opinion with you. My first reason is that I'm going to share is animals should have a nice caring family. I have one dog that is part of my family and I love him very much. My second reason is I don't want any animals in a shelter. I adopted my dog from a shelter and we saved his life. He was happy to have a loving family" - Trina

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

5 Reasons Adopting a Senior Dog is a Great Choice

Adopting an older dog might be the last thing on your mind but it could be the best thing you ever do. Most of the time, when people think about bringing a new family member into their lives, they want puppies. But, adopting a senior dog is becoming an increasingly popular choice for families around the US, and right here at home in Volusia County. Senior dogs are given up for a variety of reasons and often find their way to shelters and rescues after a lifetime of love and care. Bringing them into your home means giving an older dog a second chance at a great family. There are also plenty of other reasons to adopt a senior dog, and if you're curious, you should keep reading.
Why Adopt a Senior Dog?
Senior dogs have several advantages over younger ones, especially for families with children. They're every bit as loving, trainable, and rewarding as any other dog.
Older Dogs are More Reliable
Where younger dogs are often taken to the shelter for training and exercise issues which result in aggression and damage to the home, older dogs rarely end up in shelters for these reasons. In most cases, older dogs are well trained and cared for, and end up in shelters because of a change in circumstance, a misfortune, or a poor decision on the part of their owners. For example, many senior dogs are turned into shelters because of death's in the family, owners moved into hospice care, new family members (babies), new allergies, or moves where dogs are not allowed. People give up family pets that are loved and loving. This means that adopting a senior dog allows you to bring a trained and loving dog into your family, so that you have less to worry about.
In addition, contrary to popular opinion, older dogs are great learners. You can teach an old dog new tricks, and many are eager to learn and learn well. Because old dogs have less energy, they pay attention better, so they can be easier to train than younger dogs.
Senior Dogs are Less Demanding
Puppies and younger dogs are high energy and may require hours of walks every day. Adopting older dogs means that you won't have to worry about this, as many senior dogs require significantly less exercise. While this will change based on the breed, older dogs are typically quieter, more reserved, need less exercise, and are less likely to have energy problems. Most older dogs don't require constant monitoring, making them a better choice for busy individuals, seniors, and families.
You Get the Dog You Adopt
When you adopt a puppy or a younger dog, you may be in for a lot of surprises. Even small pups can grow very large, puppies rarely retain their personality for long, and you'll have little choice in what kind of dog they grow into. When you adopt a senior, you can choose a dog with energy levels that match your preferences, and choose a dog that fits well into your lifestyle and your home. You will have to make adaptations to accommodate your furry friend no matter what, but with a senior dog, you know exactly what kind of dog you're adopting.
Giving a Dog a Second Chance
Many senior dogs find their way to the shelter when their families cannot care for them, move, or older caretakers are moved into a nursing home or die. These unfortunate circumstances often cannot be avoided, and an otherwise healthy and loving dog is left without a home or anyone to love them.
For example, Sophie's Circle was invited to take in a senior dog, Fred. His family was evicted from their home, and animal control was forced to take him. Because no one would adopt him, he was scheduled for euthanasia. When he came to Sophie's Circle he was heartbroken, he refused to eat, but we couldn’t find anything wrong with him. After giving up, he spent Christmas Eve with Kathy Blackman's family, and realizing he was loved, began to eat. Fred, now Freddie, is perfectly healthy, he's one of the sweetest and best mannered dogs we've cared for, and he lost his family as the result of misfortune.
Many senior dogs lose their homes because their families are moved into hospice, become financially unstable, or to death. But, while the dog can't understand why their family is gone, they are still deserving of love and care. Dog's grieve just as much as we do, and giving them a home allows them to have a second chance.
Saving a Life
Many older dogs, usually any older than 7, especially for larger dogs, are difficult to adopt. Because many of the shelters in Volusia County are kill shelters, they are often euthanized because people prefer to adopt younger dogs. By taking an older dog into your family, you can quite literally save a life. While Sophie's Circle is a no-kill rescue, adopting an older dog from us will open room to allow us to help other dogs and to give them a home until they find a family.
While many people have concerns about older dogs, they typically offer fewer problems, require less maintenance, and less training than younger ones. While it is more important for us to carefully match an older dog with a suitable family and environment, adopting an older dog will allow you to bring an instant companion into your family.
Sophie's Circle works to rescue and rehome dogs around Volusia County, and we frequently foster and adopt senior dogs. If you're interested, visit our adoption page to see some of our adoptable animals, or to get started learning about the adoption process.

Jason, An Extraordinary Dog

At Sophie's Circle, we take in hundreds of dogs of every year. Some of them are in good shape, others are strays and don’t have a real home, and many need some medical care. For the most part, we take dogs in, give them medical attention, neuter or spay, feed them, and adopt them out to new, loving families who can give them a better life. Unfortunately, not all dogs are so lucky.

We're proud of every dog we've helped and given a new life, thanks to the unwavering support of our volunteers and donors who make every rescue possible. But, sometimes a dog comes along who is in such bad condition that we must take extraordinary measures to save him.

Jason is one of those dogs.

In August, 2016, a local animal control officer sent our founder, Kathy Blackman, a text. He included a photo of a dog who had been chained to a concrete slab with no shade, food, or water. The dog was emaciated and skeletal, barely clinging to life when animal control found him. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the rescue he so badly needed.

The officer told us that if we were unable to bring him into our rescue, he would be euthanized. The pictures were shocking and it was difficult to believe that he could pull through, but after learning his story Kathy and the team of volunteers were determined to save him.
                       
"Jason clung to life for almost a month as he waited to be saved. For that bravery, he deserved to be helped, not euthanized, putting him down after that ordeal would have been the cruelest fate." - Kathy Blackman

When Jason came into the rescue for the first time, we were heartbroken. This dog who looked up at us with big eyes and wagged his tail was dehydrated, anemic, and infested with fleas and hookworms. Our vet ranked his body weight at 1/9th, the thinnest possible before death. He had heartworm disease, left untreated, and the vet was almost certain he wouldn't make it.

For the first four weeks, it was touch and go. Feeding him was out of the question at first, his organs were shutting down, and at any moment, he could have died. We determined to try, and we gave Jason an IV with subcutaneous fluids to begin hydrating him. Reintroducing him to food was slow and there were times when Jason almost didn't make it. At one point, he collapsed and spent 4 days at the emergency vet, where we were unsure if he would ever walk out. Thanks to the extraordinary care from our team of volunteers, Jason pulled through.
      

Then, things started brightening up. Jason finally started to gain weight, he ate better, and he was strong enough to be homed with one of our rescue team members, Jen Popowich. He spent the next few months with Jen, her kids, and four dogs and slowly gained strength, playing with new friends who loved him.

He received heartworm treatment when the vet decided that his weight was up enough to allow him to be treated safely.

Today, his weight is up to normal, and this dog who has been through so much is happy, playful, and confident.

Jason is a mixed breed dog with big eyes, a sweet face, and a great personality. Hundreds of people have followed his progress, rooting for him along the way, and we are pleased to say that he is making a full recovery.


Jason's Beginning, when animal control found him.







Jason - After 11 Month's






Monday, January 30, 2017

The 3rd Annual Rainbow Bridge Walk


(Photo by Niedojrzala Poziomka)
Every one of us has lost a pet, and whether that loss was a beloved childhood friend or a more recent bereavement, it never ceases to hurt. Despite, or perhaps, because of that, many of us choose to use the memory of our pets as inspiration to help others, and to help the many thousands of animals in need of food and medical care every year.
In Ormond Beach, that's what the annual Rainbow Bridge Walk, hosted by Sophie's Circle Pet Food Pantry and Animal Rescue, is all about. We show up in honor of the pets we've lost, and we raise money to fund Sophie's Circle throughout the year to provide pet food and medical care for dogs and cats that need it.
Most of us know the story, of the rainbow bridge. When you go to heaven, you walk across the rainbow bridge, and there they are, the pets you've lost, waiting for you just how you remember them. At the Rainbow Bridge Walk, we reenact this symbolically in their memory, lighting up the bridge with rainbow leashes and the footsteps of people who loved them, while raising money for the animals that are still here.
In 2016, over 300 people attended the Rainbow Bridge Walk, and it is our hope that this year will be bigger than ever.
What Does Sophie's Circle Do?
Sophie's Circle is a pet food bank and animal rescue, providing food to over 500 families per month. As the only pet food bank in Volusia County, Sophie's Circle works hard to provide pet food to animals and owners in need. Because pets are almost always better off with their family, and pets are a valuable part of the lives of many senior caretakers who can no longer afford them, Sophie's gives to owners in need of either temporary or permanent care.
Sophie's Circle also rescues and rehomes pets including emergency care cases, taking in animals who need immediate medical attention. The team of volunteers fosters out pets until they are adopted, and works hard to match animals to families who will love and who can take care of them for the long-term.  
How to Attend the Rainbow Bridge Walk
The 3rd Annual Rainbow Bridge Walk will be held on the Granada Bridge, between Fortunato Park and Riverfront/Cassen Park on March 25th. Participants are asked to pay a $10 fee. The $10 fee to walk includes a Goodie Bag. In addition, Rainbow Bridge Walk T-shirts will be available for $15. The walk begins at 6 P.M. and walkers are encouraged to show up early to collect sponsor sheets so that they can track how many times they cross the bridge for sponsors. Dogs who show up will receive a free treat and will be given a light up dog leash to help with lighting up the bridge for the rainbow walk. Vendors will be available to provide food, dog treats and toys, and other items.
Fee: $10
Date: March 25th, 6 PM
Address: Fortuno Park, 2 John Anderson Dr. Ormond Beach, Florida 32176

We hope to see you there.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Feeding Animals, Saving Family's – Volusia's Pet Food Bank


Every year, over 3,000 animals go into the pet shelters in Volusia county alone, and many of them never leave. While some of these animals are strays and ferals, many are given up by otherwise loving families and owners who have fallen on hard times, are chronically unemployed, or who have medical issues and can no longer work to support their pets. Unfortunately, only about 38% of all pets surrendered to shelters are ever adopted, and the best way to save an animal is to keep it out of the shelter in the first place.
Sophie's Circle works around the year to donate food to these families in need to help them keep their pets. Since 2009, we've donated thousands of pounds of food to families and shelters thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our volunteers and donors who believe in our cause as much as we do.
But, every story starts out small, and so did we.
In 2009 Volusia didn't have a pet food bank and Kathy Blackman, our founder, was repeatedly turned down when she brought pet food to local food banks. While she was already donating food to local shelters, which is how she met Sophie, she wanted to do more.
Kathy opened the first pet food distribution center in 2009 in South Daytona and thanks to the combined efforts of the community, many people came together, supported the endeavor, and made Volusia's first pet food bank a reality.
Our original goal was to ensure that anyone with a dog or cat could find pet food in case of financial hardship or difficulty. Kathy wanted to prevent animals from being surrendered because of short term financial difficulties.
Once donations began coming in, the pet food bank began supporting people around Volusia to ensure that they could keep their animals. We give pet food to men and women who have lost their jobs or who otherwise have temporary financial setbacks and need help till they get back on their feet. We also support retired and disabled individuals on a fixed income who need indefinite help. We believe that if someone's companion pet enriches their life, they should be able to keep the animal.
While we've given pet food to hundreds of families in Volusia county, many of them remain an active part of our community and many give back. One of these people asked for help soon after we opened the food bank. She was homeless and living in a car with her senior dog, Zoe. Without a home or a family, Zoe was all this woman had and she was determined to keep her dog despite her unfortunate situation. It was hot and dangerous for her and the dog to live in the car. So, when she would come into our food back, we made sure that Zoe got water and food, and we'd give books and magazines, and any help we could to her owner.
Unfortunately, what she really needed was to be off the street. Eventually, a police officer and friend of Kathy's helped Zoe and her owner into a motel. She was able to use her fixed residence to care for Zoe and to find a job. Today, she lives in an apartment in a decent part of town and takes care of three rescue dogs. Zoe has passed on, but she lived out her life with her owner who loved her.
It's these, and other stories that motivate us, and the many volunteers and donors who make the Sophie's Circle pet food bank a reality. Locally, our community provides so much support. Schools and organizations help us with food drives. The Girl Scout Troops collect pet food. Sometimes we even have private individuals who bring us pet food that they've asked for in lieu of birthday or hostess gifts. Some of our donors even come every month to bring donations and we are incredibly grateful. We wouldn't be able to help anyone without our donors and volunteers and their continued support makes everything possible.
With thanks to our volunteers, Mary, Mary Kay, Pat, Sue, Donna, Debbie, Susan, and Shannen who are faithfully there. And, thanks to Marion and her mother, who run the West Volusia Distribution.

If you want to be part of making our pet food bank possible to keep companions with the people who love them, you can volunteer or donate food. Click here to see the list of Pet Food Pantry locations.