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STUART -- On Nov. 16, from 2-4 p.m. local notables will be sent to "The Dog House" to raise pet food and cash donations for the pets of needy seniors in Martin County.
Individuals can also nominate someone they would like to be "Sent to the Dog House." Those participating will be contacting their friends and colleagues to make donations to have them released from the Dog House, which will be located at Animal Care Extraordinaire, 987 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart.
Pet food donations will be distributed to low-income, homebound seniors who receive Meals on Wheels through the Council on Aging of Martin County.
"For many seniors, their pets are their only family and their beloved daily companions," said Cathy Knowles, manager of Meal Services for the Council on Aging. "Those who are on limited incomes often struggle to buy pet food. We want to ensure that the seniors and their pets receive proper nutrition."
Each year, Stuart veterinarians, Dr. Ronald Ball and Dr. Wayne Diamond of Animal Care Extraordinaire collect pet food donations for the pets of needy seniors.
"In the past we would only promote for donations to the clinic's clients, however last year we thought we would be a little more creative to attract the attention of the community to this dilemma, so we constructed the Dog House. With the support of so many, we were able to collect over 2,000 pounds of pet food and raise more than $1,600 for Meals on Wheels" said Dr. Diamond. The veterinarians will all take turns in the Dog House, as well, with the hope of exceeding last year's donations.
Individuals who make a donation of $250 or more can have a little fun and send a person of their choice to the Dog House, providing a great photo opportunity and many laughs.
The teens of the Boys and Girls Club's Keystone Club will also be at the event, selling hotdogs, snacks and beverages to benefit their program, "Hope for the Homeless."
"All are welcome to come out for a day of true philanthropy for several demographics in our community; pets, elderly, teens and the homeless," said Mr. Diamond.