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Westchester Company Gathers Donations For Needy Animals

Santo -- a rescued dog -- is among the beneficiaries of Best Friends Pet Care's annual holiday drive.
Santo -- a rescued dog -- is among the beneficiaries of Best Friends Pet Care's annual holiday drive. Photo Credit: Best Friends Pet Care

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Animal lovers can support pets in need this holiday season by donating to the Best Friends Pet Care Animal “angel tree” campaign.

For the 12th year, Best Friends Pet Care is collecting donations for shelters and rescues. Area beneficiaries include the New Rochelle Humane Society, Pets Alive of Westchester, the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter and the Yonkers Animal Shelter and Strays & Others.

Each Best Friends center has an “angel tree” in its lobby, featuring paper ornaments, photos and information about dogs and cats waiting for “forever” homes. Pet lovers can either visit or call a Best Friends location to select a dog or cat from the tree and donate to the wish list on that animal’s card. The program continues through Dec. 31, with deliveries being made to the shelters throughout the holiday season. Best Friends supplements donations with food and other supplies.

“The holiday season can be challenging for local shelters and rescues in the best years, says Renee Coughlin, of Best Friends. “This year, Hurricane Sandy has put an even bigger burden on shelters – not just along the East Coast, but across the country – because so many lost and abandoned pets need help. We know our “angel tree” program will make a difference for many pets in need.”

Westchester County locations include White Plains and Harrison.

Since it began in December 2000, the campaign has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of food, toys and pet care products to more than 100 different shelters and rescues across the country.

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