The City of Bloomington Animal Shelter announced the beginning of its annual pet supply drive, which will run through the holiday season.
The shelter is seeking donations of canned dog and cat food, toys, bedding, and other supplies to make the animal’s stay at the shelter more comfortable while they wait to be adopted.
Laurie Ringquist is the director of animal care and control for the city of Bloomington. She says some donations are more useful to the shelter than others, like canned dog and cat food, which is used to help kittens and puppies grow and sick animals taking medicine.
“Any types of toys and treats we don’t really have a budget for, so those would be great,” Ringquist says, “Even simple things around the house that people might be replacing like sheets and pillowcases, those are always really helpful. It helps keep the animals comfortable.”
Donations will also supplement the animal shelter’s pet food pantry program.
To participate in the program, pet owners are required to spay and neuter their pets.
Ringquist explained how the pantry helps to keep animals out of the shelter.
“There are people in our community that are wonderful pet owners but maybe fallen on hard times and can’t afford to buy pet food,” Ringquist said, “We have a pet food bank program supported completely by donations. It helps us out because those who sign up agree to have their pets vaccinated and neutered and we don’t need to take in their pets from them.”
Donation boxes decorated by students from local schools are set up in fourteen area locations.
Donations can also be brought directly to the shelter, located on South Walnut Street.
The City of Bloomington Animal Shelter has held the annual holiday pet supply drive for over ten years.
For more information on how to contribute, visit http://bloomington.in.gov/animalshelter
Photo: Casey Kuhn