The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 1, 2013

Pet food drive will begin soon

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Donation boxes soon will be appearing around Enid as part of the Fifth Annual Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive.

Bark Avenue Pet Taxi and Sitter Service sponsors and coordinates the pet food drive to benefit the Enid SPCA Food Bank. It’s part of an international effort led by Pet Sitters International, the largest association for professional pet sitters, to collect pet food for local shelters.

Enid SPCA has a pet food pantry program to help local residents who sometimes struggle with pet expenses.

“This can include many different situations from a loss of income to simply being on a fixed income,” said Vickie Grantz, executive director of Enid SPCA. “We don’t want anyone to have to choose between grocery expenses or pet food expenses. Hopefully, this help can prevent families from possibly having to surrender their pet to a shelter for financial reasons. All donations are greatly appreciated.”

Atwoods Ranch & Home donated wrapping paper for this year’s collection boxes, Bark Avenue owner Kyla Culbert said.

“The rest of my responsibility is keeping the public aware of our efforts,” Culbert said. “The pet food drive each year is my small contribution to support those in our local rescue community. They are truly heroes to me.”

Donations will be accepted through Dec. 15 at the following locations:

• Atwoods, 5400 W. Garriott

• Evans Drug, 1108 W. Willow

• Groom Closet, 2005 W. Chestnut

• Jumbos West, 2311 W. Willow

• Pet Salon, 626 N. Van Buren

• Pet Sense, 3410 W. Garriott

• SPCA of Enid, 1116 Overland Trail

• United West, 4110 W. Garriott

Culbert said this year’s goal is 2,000 pounds. Last year’s pet food drive netted 1,691 pounds. The 2009 pet food drive, the first one held in Enid, brought in 2,713 pounds.

“As always, we want to thank every person who donates,” Culbert said. “It’s amazing how putting one bag of food in the box adds up to an overall effort that reflects well on our pet lovers in both Enid and the surrounding areas.”

For more information on The Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive or to have a collection box placed at your business location, contact Culbert at (580) 402-5529.

For more information on the Pet Food Bank program, contact Enid SPCA at (580) 233-1325.