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COVENTRY âJanet Mansour will be hosting the second annual Janetâs Doggy Bags Pet Food Drive, where she hopes this yearâs event will be as successful as last.
Mansour, a teacher at the Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School in Coventry, thought up her idea of a pet food drive after seeing her students donate to various pet shelters for school.
Lesley Doonan, Coordinator of Volunteer Services for Animals (VSA) Warwick has partnered up with Mansour again this year to help collect pet food items.
VSA is a non-profit humane organization started in 1979. Doonan said the VSA spays, neuters and feeds animals that have been brought into shelters.
The pet food that is collected through this two week drive will be donated to various non-profit, privately owned organizations.
Mansour explained that last yearâs drive was a great success.
Organizations such as Pawswatch, N.W. Animal Protection League, The Pet Refuge and the Coventry Community Food bank benefited from the drive.
âLast year I also took some of the food to the West Bay Community Action,â said Doonan. âI brought them a lot of items and within a day or two they were calling asking for more.â
She said many of the individuals that try to take in stray animals are not getting funding and the VSA and this food drive help them tremendously.
âIn tough economic times people are having difficulty putting food on the table for their families, let alone for their pets,â Mansour said.
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