Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 8, 2013

Prerogative, BDT Shelter Drive delivers a ton of food

GREEN VALLEY — Once again the two Virginias came together to bring Christmas cheer to local animal shelters across the area.

The Prerogative-Bluefield Daily Telegraph Shelter Drive collected approximately 2,000 pounds of dog and cat food, 250 pounds of cat litter, 50 bags of cat and dog treats and multiple boxes of bedding supplies, toys and cleaning supplies last week. Monetary donations were also made to all five organizations.

Saturday afternoon representatives of all the animal-welfare organizations, as well as magazine and newspaper staff members, met at the Mercer County Animal Shelter to distribute the goods.

“This is the animals’ Christmas. Everything we get goes to them because they deserve something on Christmas just like everyone else,” Lisa Williams, director of the Mercer County Animal Shelter, said.

Save A Pet Food Bank representatives say their donations are low. “We pass out free pet food each month to help keep animals out of shelters, so people can keep their pets,” Darlene Little, co-founder of Second Chance for Cats, said.

Pet Haven in Falls Mills, Va., relies solely on donations. “Donations are always low,” Debbie Smith, director of Pet Haven, said. “We don’t get local or state funding, so this helped us so much.”

The McDowell County Animal Shelter also operates solely on donations and is also a no-kill shelter.

“These donations are a tremendous help and are more important to us than people know. We have around 95 dogs and 70 cats and have found homes for around 1,600 animals,” Sharon Sagety, director of the McDowell County shelter, said.

Tazewell County Animal Shelter employee Larry Nipper said the donations are really beneficial around this time of year.

“We are so grateful for everything that we receive. This could not have come at a better time,” Nipper said.

“This event is made possible due to the generosity of Prerogative and Daily Telegraph readers,” said Samantha Perry, editor of both publications. “Every year we ask our readers to help, and they always come through in a big way. We truly appreciate all those who made donations, and also give a thank you to the many individuals who work tirelessly every day to care for our region’s stray, abandoned and homeless animals.”

The pet drive was also made possible by volunteers like Charlie Cole and Mike Peak of Cole Harley-Davidson, who provided transportation for the items collected. Also, all the employees and volunteers at local shelters as well as members of the magazine and newspaper staff who volunteered their time to load and unload the donations.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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