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Pet food drive on to help keep animals with owners

By Staff | Jun 26, 2010

Lee County Domestic Animal Services is launching its first quarterly food drive, hoping that community groups and organizations will help to tackle the challenge of keeping Lee pets from going hungry.
The pet pantry program helps to feed pets in home receiving public assistance.
Spokesperson Ria Brown said LCDAS needs to raise 30,000 lbs of food to help feed the more 1,000 pets that are in need food.
Keeping the pets in the homes helps to alleviate the strain on county services.
“This is for the people who can’t afford to feed their pets any longer,” she said.
Brown said animal services needs to recruit churches, civic groups, neighborhood associations, anyone that can help to replenish their ever present need for food, especially cat food.
“We want to recruit organizations as well as individuals,” Brown added. “We just want to do a big food drive and people don’t need to hear from us until next quarter.”
Also, animal services will be offering an adoption special for July.
All month, anyone adopting a pet may adopt a second pet for free.
With kitten season in full force, the shelter’s limits are pushed to capacity.
All adoption fees include spay and neuter surgery, age appropriate vaccinations, county license if three months or older, 10 day pet health guarantee, microchip ID, feline leukemia and AIDs test for cats, heartworm test for dogs over six months, flea treatment, worming, DVD, and bag of Science Diet pet food.
The entire package is valued at $500.
For more information on adoptions call 533-7387, or visit their website at LeeLostPets.com.
To learn more about donating to the pet pantry, call Public Relations Manager Ria Brown at 533-9202.