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Monday, June 29, 2009

Central Florida Animal Pantry Seeks to Keep Pets with their Families

Just a couple of months ago a young cub scout, Zach Wilson, wanted to help homeless dogs. He and his family visited a local shelter to look for a dog to adopt--a companion for their current dog, Brandi. Zach's concern for the many homeless dogs brought on a helpless feeling, and with it a new idea. Early the next morning Zach announced to his parents that he wanted to help all the dogs. No, not adopt them all. Zach wanted to find a way to help the dogs stay with their families, rather than being brought to the shelters during these tough economic times.

He was onto something. Nine year old Zach had a keen intuition that helping families feed their pets and provide necessities like collars, leashes and beds, would help families keep their pets. And so his dream began.

Zach's first effort was a one time collection of dog food through his school. The success and outcry for more of these events was so strong that Zach and his family decided to make this their mission.

The plan moved quickly, with local animal businesses offering to collect donations of pet food and other products. The first donation days were surprisingly brisk, as many needy families learned of the giveaways of food for their hungry animals and visited to pick up needed nourishment for their furry friends. When I dropped off my donation at Soapy's Dog Wash on 436, I was delighted to see a large washtub brimming with pet food and other necessities.

Zach's brainchild was named the Central Florida Animal Pantry, and now has its own website where you can learn more about how to help with this admirable project. There you will see just how many other businesses have joined Zach's efforts to help dogs and their families stay together. Hopefully you too can help. Click the link above this line to find your nearest collection location.


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