One of ACR’s volunteer trappers, Christi Fries, also operates Terrapin Pets, a pet sitting business located in Beltsville, MD, and she was so kind to gather donations for local animal rescue groups.
From June until the end of October, Terrapin Pets gathered items such as blankets, beds, toys, crates, scratching posts, dishes, litter boxes, etc, for the “Presents 4 Pets” campaign sponsored by the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS). This annual collection drive benefited pets in shelters by providing items desperately needed to help keep the shelters operational and their animals comfortable and safe.
According to Christi, Terrapin Pets cleaned, logged, and staged 1681 items, with a Salvation Army value of $3618.00! After receiving a slide show of the donations, Alley Cat Rescue, College Park Animal Shelter, and Greenbelt Animal Shelter submitted their "wish list" so items could be distributed per their needs. Courtesy of Animal Control Officer, Abigail Lightnting, of College Park. K.C. Company, Inc, the area's Pella Window and Door Distributor, a truck and driver was donated to help Christi deliver the presents to the pets during the first week in November. On Nov. 6th, excitement was in the air when a large box truck pulled up in front of ACR. We were speechless to see how large of a donation we would be receiving!
We are grateful to have such thoughtful volunteers and thank the community for their kind donations. We will use every item donated and our kitties are already enjoying their new toys, beds, and scratch posts. Thank you to everyone who participated! For more information on Terrapin Pets, please visit www.terrapinpets.com.