Provided by Prince William SPCA
While it is only October, the Prince William SPCA is already planning ahead for Thanksgiving. The organization is once again teaming up with Action in Community Through Service (ACTS) to provide safe and healthy food alternatives for pets this holiday season. During the month of October, volunteers have been collecting cat and dog food donations that will be distributed to needy families through ACTS Operation Turkey program in November. Not only will this give the pets a special treat, but it also keeps Fido and Fluffy from indulging in food that can make them sick.
“Around the holidays, we all want to include our pets in the celebrations. When we share our food, that is a bad idea because many of the dishes we enjoy can be either dangerous or unhealthy for cats and dogs. Rich gravy, turkey bones and sweets shouldn’t be shared with pets. We know families need alternatives and that is where this program comes in to help,” says Melissa Korzuch, President of the Prince William SPCA and organizer of the campaign. She adds, “In addition to providing a healthy meal for a cat or dog, this program also aims to educate the public about food dangers for pets. We hope families can avoid unnecessary trips to the veterinarian during what should be joyous times.”
Last year, close to 250 pet food bags were donated to ACTS by the Prince William SPCA and the organization hopes to double that amount this year. The public is asked to help by making cash or food donations. Items accepted include small bags of cat and dog food, canned/pouch food, treats and new small pet supplies (shampoo, catnip toys, dog toys, etc.). All donations need to be new and unopened. Items not accepted include opened or expired food of any kind or used items. Due to space capacity, the organizers prefer no large bags of food over five pounds.
Scout troops are helping by working with local businesses to provide collection boxes. Those locations include Comics and Gaming, 7556 Gardner Park Drive, Gainesville (through Oct. 27); Betty & Marie’s Ice Cream Shop in Manassas Park (through Oct. 25) and Caring Hands Animal Hospital, 12733 Braemar Village Plaza, Bristow. In addition, a final drop off location has been set for Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1:00-2:00 p. m. at the Prince William County Animal Shelter. Donors can drop off food in the shelter parking lot at the PWSPCA’s P.A.W. Express Mobile Adoption Van. Scouts who have been hosting donation drives can also pick up their fun patches at the same time. No items should be dropped off at the shelter except for during this designated time (1:00-2:00 p. m.) and date (Oct. 28) due to the limited space at the shelter. Volunteers will then bag up the donated items and meet up with ACTS for distribution through the Operation Turkey Program in November.
The pet food drive runs until Oct. 28. The public is encouraged to help by making a donation. More information about the pet food drive can be found here: pwspca.org/pet-food-drive/.