ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – “August is for AniMEALs” is a month-long marketing campaign and collaboration with native companies to gather pet meals and donations to assist the Meals on Wheels Rowan AniMEALs Program. After elevating a record-breaking $17,560 in 2021, Meals on Wheels Rowan partnered with Devoted Associates Animal Sanctuary to share the proceeds and pet meals.
AniMEALS Chairwoman, Kimberly Hardiman stated, “we have been blown away by the assist we acquired final yr throughout August is for AniMEALs. Once we began planning this yr’s August is for AniMEALs, I wished to go large with our aim and we additionally wished to usher in Devoted Associates to profit much more animals.” Hardiman has served because the August is for AniMEALS Chairwoman since 2019. Hardiman recruited Debbie Barnhardt of Barnhardt Jewelers and Lorna Medinger of Hughes Plumbing Provide to help in organizing the month-long occasion.
This yr, Hardiman got down to increase $20,000 in donations for pets and two tons of pet meals. Alexandra Fisher, Meals on Wheels Rowan Fund Improvement and Advertising and marketing Supervisor introduced, “Kimberly’s mantra is ‘go large or go residence,’ and Kimberly went large. Meals on Wheels and Devoted Associates raised $30,108.5 for pets and $10,833 for human meals, for a complete of $40,941.50!”
“The success of August is for AniMEALS the previous two years has helped develop our AniMEALS Program. Along with delivering pet meals together with meals, we now have funding to offer wellness checks, vaccines, grooming, and fundamental veterinary providers for the pets of our meal recipients,” stated Cindy Fink, Meals on Wheels Rowan Govt Director.
Devoted Associates Director, Mary Padavick stated, “we have been so excited to be included in August is for AniMEALs this yr. The donations we acquired all through the month will present veterinary look after the cats and canines residing on the Sanctuary whereas they await adoption. We take all breeds and ages of cats and canines, many with well being situations and medical considerations that require veterinary care, remedy, or particular pet meals.”
Hardiman added, “we’re grateful to all those that donated. On prime of the financial donations, we collected over 1.5 tons of pet meals. We wish to thank the entire native companies that served as drop-off websites for pet meals donations. A number of websites provided prize drawings for individuals who donated at their areas. Debbie Barnhardt of Barnhardt Jewelers and I did a prize drawing for a paw print pendant and necklace. Dr. James Okay. Jolly, DDS, West Rowan Farm and Backyard, and Lazy 5 did giveaways as nicely. Plenty of creativity and planning goes into this month, and we’re grateful for all who make it occur.”
This yr’s drop-off websites have been Barnhardt Jewelers, Hughes Plumbing Provide, Dr. James Okay. Jolly, DDS, Lazy 5 Animal Hospital, Stitchin’ Publish, West Rowan Dwelling and Backyard, and Rowan Animal Clinic.
“We’re simply thrilled at how nicely this collaboration has turned out. We liked internet hosting Fuzzy Buddies Enjoyable Day on the Sanctuary this yr and are amazed on the generosity of our group for pets and seniors in our group. We all know how necessary pets are and we recognize the assist Meals on Wheels gives to their shoppers and their pets,” stated Marcia Parrott, Devoted Associates Board President.
Fink stated, “pet companions are extremely helpful to the emotional well-being of homebound seniors. Due to our donors, sponsors, and different supporters, we will present our meal individuals with the assets and veterinary care their beloved pets want to stay wholesome and fed.”
Fisher added, “the assist our seniors and their pets obtain throughout August is for AniMEALS all the time blows us away. Thanks to Kimberly Hardiman and the remainder of the AniMEALS planning group who made August is for AniMEALS a profitable occasion. “
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