From May 30 through June 6, residents are asked to re-purpose, re-gift and recycle items no longer needed for a pet to benefit another.
Food and gently used or new pet supplies may be brought to locations in Fairfield County or to New Canaan Dog Days Sunday, June 8. The items will be used to help fill the wish list of supplies at STARelief, offering supplies and food to families who otherwise may have to give up their pets, and PAWS, a no-kill shelter finding forever homes for dogs and cats for more than 50 years.
Each person who donates at New Canaan Dog Days will receive a chance to win one of several door prizes donated by area businesses.
Items most requested at the shelter and at STARelief include canned wet cat and dog foods, kitty litter, dry cat food, towels, dog treats, leashes, collars, beds, crates, toys, grooming supplies, carry cases, flea and tick treatments and cleaning supplies.
Drop-off sites are Bankwell's New Canaan and Stamford branches, Paul's Prosperous Printing in Norwalk, Village Critter Outfitter in New Canaan, Camp Bow Wow --inStamford, Lone Pine Kennel in Greenwich and New Canaan Veterinary Hospital.
Village Critter Outfitter, a pet supply business in New Canaan, is offering a pre-packed bag of items for purchase, then donated.
Shirleen Dubuque, owner, said, "Some people may want to give but don't have the supplies requested at home and may not have the time to purchase items separately. These Super Hero bags help fill the need in a way that makes it easy for people to help the animals in need."
Super Hero pre-packed bags are for $15, $30 and $45 at Village Critter Outfitter and via www.newcanaandogdays.com.
Heather Scutti, executive director of STARelief, said, "We are hoping that this food and supply drive will provide life-saving pet food and other essentials to keep our pet food pantry open so we can use our cash donations for routine and emergency veterinary care as well as emergency boarding and foster care for pets in crisis. Our goal is to keep pets out of shelters and in their homes. Our programs assist low-income individuals, current and ex-military members as well as seniors on a fixed income."
Admission to New Canaan Dog Days is free. Participants gather in Village Critter Outfitter's parking lot at 107 Cherry St., New Canaan, and visit with exhibitors on Cherry Street, which will be closed to automobile traffic. A donation center will be located in the parking lot.
For information, visit www.newcanaandogdays.com.