July 31, 2009

Helping the SPCA in Maine

Our final destination of our road trip was to spend a few days at Skylands, my home in Seal Harbor, Maine. After we said goodbye to Jill, who went off to visit her daughter at camp, Hannah, Barbara, and I found many fun and interesting things to do. One afternoon, we attended a fundraising event for the SPCA of Hancock County. Their plan is to raise enough funding to build a new state-of-the-art shelter, adoption center, and community education facility to provide a comfortable and caring temporary home for lost, stray, abused or abandoned animals in the region.

Beneath a tent on a bright and sunny day, there were many booths set up offering products and services to support this cause. It was there that I became aware of the Mount Desert Island Pet Food Pantry, which helps those in need with feeding their pets. There is a growing problem with many people who can no longer afford the cost of pet food and I wanted to contribute something to the pantry. My company has a partnership with Purina and feeding shelter animals and helping financially challenged families with pets is a top priority for both Purina and MSLO. I arranged to send the pantry coupons for 200 free bags of dog or cat food to provide some support for the animals in that area.

And remember that you can help, too! Just pledge to help out at a local animal shelter or help create awareness of shelter pets at www.bemyhero.com. When you do, Purina ONE will make a donation of $5 up to $500,000 towards pets in need. Francesca, Sharkey, and I have already pledged!

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Here I am under the tent at the SPCA event. Francesca and Sharkey were so excited to be there.