RENO, Nev (KOLO) More than 250 cans of dog food and 58 toy mice were donated to Washoe County Animal Services December 20.
The donation was made possible by Scraps, its customers, and other local residents who responded to the store’s “giving tree”. The tree had pictures of animals sheltered at animal control.
A can of special Christmas blend dog food or a toy mouse could be purchased and donated to the cause. For three weeks the store took donations.
Scraps owner Naniece Bucci says she was stunned by the response.
“Interestingly enough we had people come in and they had never been in the store before because obviously they don't have a dog or cat. But they heard about the story and wanted to show some Christmas gift-giving to these wonderful dogs and cats down at regional services. So it was surprising. I was surprised at that,” said Bucci.
The cans of dog food and toy mice were placed under a Christmas tree in the lobby of Animal Services.
“We are really appreciative of the generous community we live in and are supportive of our efforts to care and give treats to the animals in our care at our facility. And we are especially thankful to Scraps and their individual employees there that thought of this great idea,” says Shyanne Schull, Washoe County Animal Services Director.
Schull says the dog food should last a little more than a week, and will be an added treat to the dogs on Christmas Day.
As far as the mice, how long will they last? That’s hard to say.
“The cats and kittens are going to love playing with them. Anytime you can provide interaction with the animals that are here is really a good benefit to provide, gives them something to do, gives them some stimulus and helps to decrease some of the negative things that we see when animals are kenneled for lengths of time,” says Schull.
Scraps says they will continue to take donations up to Christmas Eve.