Read to Feed a Needy Pet This Summer

Animal Services Deputy Director Laurie Joniaux with one of the dogs available for adoption through the nonprofit Spay Neuter Action Project (SNAP).Pet owners facing tough financial times can get free food and services for their animals this summer thanks to the generosity of local readers.

“Our ‘Read for a Reason’ program gives readers a way to connect with those in need by earning rewards to benefit local pets,” said José Aponte, Director of the County Library.

“The program is in its fourth year, and it is rewarding to see how people are using their love of reading to make a difference in people’s and pets’ lives.”

Kids can sign up for the “Read for a Reason” program online. They track the hours they read on the site, working toward goals set for their age group.

For each person who registers, Hills Science Diet will donate a pound of pet food. It will be given to customers of the Spay Neuter Action Project (SNAP) Neuter Scooter, which provides services throughout the County, including a visit to the Lakeside library branch on June 29. More than 20 pet owners made appointments at the event to have their animals spayed or neutered before heading home with a free bag of food.Cute little dogs and reading - a great match.

Even those who can’t participate in the Read for a Reason program can still help by contributing to the Library’s pet food drive. Collection bins are located at all branches through the end of July. The food will be given to San Diego Food Bank and The Pet Food Bank.

The County Department of Animal Services will help deliver donated pet food to the organizations and will also have collection bins at its three shelters: the Central Shelter at 5480 Gaines Street in San Diego; the North Shelter at 2481 Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad; and the South Shelter at 5821 Sweetwater Road in Bonita.

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