Providing Help to Homeless Pets Across South Carolina
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December 2014: Each year, all over South Carolina, thousands of dogs and cats find themselves alone at Christmas. Everyone is so busy buying gifts for friends and family and enjoying time with loved ones that the animals in cages are often left alone with no gifts.
Thanks to a generous donation from Austin and Lane Meyer in late 2014, Rookie's Reward, was able to coordinate the distribution of Christmas presents to the majority of South Carolina's municipal shelters. The total tally of our shopping list was over 4,500 sweet potato chews, 2,600 ping pong balls, 3,600 tennis balls, 2,500 fuzzy toy mice, 425 bags of cat treats, 375 pounds of dog treats and 26 pounds of shredded catnip! We recruited groups of "elves" representing each county who visited shelters, spreading good cheer by personally delivering goodies to each and every dog and cat. Toys and treats helped make life happier for the animals, if only for a few hours, but we made sure that spending time with each animal was part of the gift!
We hope to raise money to make this an annual event. If you would like to donate, just click on the blue ribbon at the top of this page.
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February 2013: A blanket isn't just for cold weather, if you are a shelter pet. It can be your mattress, a place to keep your newborns warm and safe or just your "security blanket" when you are scared.
That is why Elaine Gillespie jumped at the chance to pull together the distribution of 15,000 blankets to cats and dogs in shelters, foster homes, sanctuaries, adoption centers and rescue organizations. The phone call came in from a large company in the Northeast offering the blankets along with free shipping to South Carolina if the anonymous donor could be assured that the blankets would only be used for homeless pets or pets in transition to homes.
The Good Bowl program warehouse, which is funded by The Meyer Family, accepted the blankets and immediately shipped 7,500 to their good friends at Operation Blankets of Love just outside of Los Angeles, CA. The west coast non-profit was founded specifically to distribute blankets to homeless pets who are often forced to sleep on cold, concrete floors while waiting to be adopted.
The remaining 7,500 flannel blankets were inventoried and distributed to needy cats and dogs in South Carolina.
Rookie's Reward would not exist without generous sponsors like our long time friends Austin and Lane Meyer. We appreciate them so much that we wanted to help promote The Meyers' other wonderful cause— St. Paul's School. Check out this video to see how The Meyers are assisting South Carolina students.