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The Anson County Animal Shelter received a donation of 1,500 pounds of pet food on Tuesday morning.
The Anson County Animal Shelter received a donation of 1,500 pounds of pet food on Tuesday morning.
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TAMPA, FL — For the third year in a row, Freekibble.com and Ellen DeGeneres’ natural pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets, will make the holidays brighter for homeless dogs and cats across the nation, including those in Anson County.

During the 2013 Holiday Kibble Drop “Inspire Tour,” Halo and Freekibble.com will deliver more than 500,000 meals to pets in need. The Kibble Drop trucks, including two 18-wheelers packed full of food, will make a combined 12 stops throughout this holiday season, including in Raleigh.

On Tuesday morning, a crew from Anson County’s building and maintenance department is heading to Raleigh to pick up the food, which will be securely stored inside the new animal shelter in Polkton.

“I’m thrilled to report that thanks to the fine support of Rep. [Mark] Brody and Neva Helms, the Anson County Animal Shelter is one of only five shelters/rescue organizations in the state to receive a large pet food donation on Tuesday in Raleigh,” County Manager Lawrence Gatewood said. “I have been told to be prepared to collect around 1,500 pounds of premium HALO dog and cat food.”

In addition to the Anson County animal shelter, the donation is honoring the Wake County SPCA’s incredible rescue of 30 puppy mill dogs. These dogs, the organization and all of the people who came together to rescue them, care for them and foster them until they are ready for adoption are an inspiration to all. The other Raleigh-area shelters and rescues receiving food are: Goathouse Refuge, Pawfect Match and Happy Hills Animal Foundation.

The Holiday Kibble Drop provides homeless pets the highest quality food possible , helping shelter pets look and feel their best, sometimes helping them find their forever homes. In fact, in a survey of 85 shelter professionals, 71 percent said that better food quality “definitely helps” dogs and cats to get adopted.

Since 2008, Freekibble.com has donated 11.5 million meals to shelters and rescues. As Freekibble.com’s official pet food sponsor since 2010, Halo donates the kibble distributed to shelters and rescues throughout the U.S.

“This year is the Third Annual Holiday Kibble Drop and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it,” says Mimi Ausland, Freekibble.com founder. “It makes me feel great to know that so many homeless dogs and cats will be getting healthy, nutritious meals over the holidays. I hope the Kibble Drop will also inspire people to help shelter pets and to think of other ways they can make an impact on animals’ lives.”

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