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MARTIN COUNTY -
Martin County Sheriff Robert L. Crowder and professional baseball player Scott Proctor are just two of the local notables who will be "Sent To The Dog House" on Nov. 17, from 2-5 p.m. to raise pet food and cash donations for the pets of needy seniors in Martin County.
Those participating will contact their friends and colleagues to make donations to have them released from the "Dog House," which will be located in the parking lot of 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.
"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, Ronald Ball, Wayne Diamond and Roderick Wood of Animal Care Extraordinaire, collect pet food donations for the pets of needy seniors.
"Usually we only promote for donations to the clinic's clients, however this year we thought we would be a little more creative to attract the attention of the community to this dilemma, raise more and bring together several local nonprofits for one cause," said Dr. Diamond. The veterinarians will all take turns in the "Dog House," as well.
Those who wish to make a cash donation of $250 can have a person of their choice "Sent To The Dog House."
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."