By Mandy Saffer
Bethany Wine & Liquors in Hazlet, NJ recently collected enough donations to fill an empty store space. PCG wrote about their efforts and we wanted to do our part to help those still in need. After a generous donation from a group of people in Allentown and Lehigh Valley, PA and the Coopersburg Fire Department, Bethany Wine & Liquors had enough pet food and treats to feed a shelter. So we helped them do just that.
On Monday, November 12 a team from PCG went to the Monmouth County SPCA to help distribute all of the dog and cat food that had been donated. Ben Jones, Darrah Raneri, Nicholas Casci, Mandy Saffer and FCE’s Trish Ricco helped to deliver a car-full of food for pets in need.
The Monmouth County SPCA is helping their community’s pets in multiple ways. Those who are able to come to the shelter can do so between 9 AM and 4 PM to pick up food they need for their pets. If residents are not able to leave their homes, the team at the SPCA will bring the food to communities in the area.
“These donations are going all over,” explains Lisa Mulhearn of the Monmouth County SPCA. “We have been taking our van and distributing food to local churches and fire departments. We want to keep people together with their animals. People have lost so much, we want them to keep what they have left.”
Bethany Wine & Liquors wasn’t the only business or group to donate food to nearby animals affected by Sandy. The Monmouth County SPCA received a bulk donation from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Church of Grace and Peace in Toms River, NJ, Science Diet and more.
The Monmouth County SPCA’s goal isn’t just to provide food to animals-it’s to help pets that have been displaced and have been separated from their families. To make room for the animals that have lost their homes, another shelter in Delaware took 20 kittens from the Monmouth County location and brought them to their shelter.
The stories being told of pets that were separated from their homes are truly heartbreaking. Lisa told the team about one dog that was found swimming from house to house trying to find his home and family. Another story was about a kitten that was injured when a tree branch fell on her and will have to get a leg amputated. These are just two examples of animals affected by Hurricane Sandy that are in need of all the help they can get.
“Our goal is to help people who are trying to help their families; anyone in need is invited to used the pet pantry,” said Lisa. “Since the hurricane, these efforts have been kicked into high gear and we’ve been able to sustain donations. But, in a few months, people will still be homeless and donations will most likely be limited.”
The Monmouth County SPCA is gladly taking food donations and is also accepting cash donations. Every little bit counts to help a furry friend in need. Volunteers can also give their time at the shelter to help care for the animals, organize donations and distribute food. Learn about how you can help the Monmouth County SPCA.