The City of Columbia Animal Services Division held its 10th annual Fill the Red Truck fundraiser on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. Animal lovers were encouraged to drop off pet supplies like dry and canned dog and cat food, cat litter, pet toys, blankets, leashes and cleaning supplies. The event was at the corner of Heyward and Holly Street from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days.
Over the years, this event has collected 10,023.5 pounds of dry dog food, 1,200 cans of dog food, 3,621 pounds of dry cat food and 2,280 cans of cat food. This fundraiser has also collected 1,917 pounds of cat litter and countless numbers of cleaning supplies, towels, blankets and paper towels for the shelter. Prior to this year’s event, almost $19,000 had been raised for Animal Services’ spay/neuter voucher program.
“We love this event,” Columbia Animal Services Superintendent Marli Drum said. “Not only does it raise funds for The Animal Mission’s spay/neuter program, it brings in much needed supplies for our shelter. It’s amazing how a lot of people contributing a few items each can make such a huge difference for us.”
This year, the event brought in 1,806.5 pounds of dry dog food, 220 cans of dog food, 560 pounds of dry cat food and 509 cans of cat food. Pet toys, blankets, crates, leashes, paper towels, gallons of bleach and other cleaning supplies were among the items donated. Animal Services also saw $2,232 donated this year.