Local critters in need could be getting a care package soon, courtesy of the County of San Diego Library’s pet food drive.
“Our summer reading program is called ‘Read for a Reason’ because it motivates kids to open a book by allowing them to give back to the community," said Jose Aponte, County of San Diego Library Director.
"It’s in its fourth year, and this year, the program benefited local animals,” Aponte said.
The program lets kids log reading hours online toward charitable goals. Activities included visits by the Spay/Neuter Action Project’s mobile at library branches to provide low-cost services and food donated by Hills Science Diet, as well as the pet food drive at all branches and the County Department of Animal Services’ three shelters. The results:
- 2,009 pounds of dry cat and dog food; 1,042 cans of dog and cat food
- 31 pounds of food for other animals, including rats, birds, rabbits and hamsters
- 101 pounds of dog treats
- 83 other pet items including shampoo, collars, carriers and even a doggy toothbrush
County Animal Services staff helped collect the donations and deliver them to the Pet Food Bank, which serves animal groups in Southern California, and the Spay/Neuter Action Network.
The final group of donations was delivered today to the San Diego Food Bank, which will distribute them to other non-profits that care for animals, such as the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, which will use the items for its Training Wheels outreach program.
“As President of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, I have seen the generosity of our community many times, and the amount of food donated through this drive is another example of the remarkable lengths that San Diegans will go to help both our two-legged and four-legged friends,” said Mark Goldstein, DVM.
The County Library plans to continue the “Read for a Reason” program next summer. For more information about all of the Library’s programs, please visit www.sdcl.org.