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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Home Van Pet Care Project News -- Fall 2015

Getting Ready for Winter

This rainy weather has taken a toll on homeless people and their animals. There is black mud and puddles of water standing everywhere at Dignity Village. Imagine if this was cold winter rain. We need to prepare. First always, plenty of pet food. 

Bear is 10 years old, a great dog.  He could do with some canned food to keep him 
healthy through the colder weather.

OUR WISH LIST:  We use a lot of Purina green bag for the dogs and Purina Friskies Seafood Sensation for the cats. Canned foods are also helpful boosters in cold weather. Hay is helpful and can give a dog a pad to lie on outside or better padding on the inside of a dog house. We need more dog houses and cat carriers. More and more tarps are important as well as wooden braces to support them.  Our wish list includes heavy duty food and water bowls, canvas bowls that can be easily carried, collars, leashes, harnesses, rope, bungee straps, reusable gallon bottles of water, and tie-out or running lines. We sometimes like certain brands or types, so give us a call. We  also need volunteers to help with pet food distribution, record keeping, and helping improve campsites for the pets. 

 Maggie, at 10 years old, is feeling much better after her dental surgery.  She likes Mighty Dog beef flavors and is eating well now.                                                                                                                                    

UP TO DATE ON VACCINATIONS AND SPAY/NEUTER:  Dog count varies between 25-30. We now have four young kitties in residence. All the dogs are up to date on their vaccinations and all but four are spayed or neutered. The kitties are young, but have had the first vaccinations. Two are spayed/neutered and two are waiting to gain a little weight. 

GATORS GIVE!  Home Van Pet Care Project is pleased to be a new approved agency for the University of Florida Campaign for Charities (UFCC).  The UFCC continues through October 23rd, and is a great way for UF employees to donate through payroll deduction.  If you work for UF, please consider designating your gift to HVPCP.  

THANK YOU FOR OUR TRUCK:   Thank you so much for all your donations and good wishes toward the purchase of a pickup truck for Home Van Pet Care Project.  It took a while, but finally we found this 1991 Toyota pickup, an oldie but goodie. We raised the money by special funding so as not to cut into our main mission of providing pet food. We have already used the truck to deliver pet food and hay for bedding for the dogs and it is proving to make our work easier and more efficient.  

Financial donations can be made by check payable to Home Van Pet Care Project, Inc., and mailed c/o Elizabeth Howard, P.O. Box 14305, Gainesville FL 32604; or by PayPal right here on this page. Pet food and other items can be dropped off at Sisset's Home and Patio, 3429 W. University Avenue in Gainesville, 352-224-5192.  For more information or to volunteer, call 352-473-9423 or text 352-246-2727.


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