Animal organisation collecting food and treats to help Cork's homeless feed their pets

Animal organisation collecting food and treats to help Cork's homeless feed their pets
St Vincent De Paws collected car loads of pet food in aid of Cork Penny Dinners to feed the pets of Cork's homeless back in May.

A Cork animal organisation is holding a collection of pet food donations in aid of a number of rescues in Cork and the surrounding area and people living on the streets struggling to feed their pets.

The first of its kind, St Vincent De Paws Cork was set up six years ago to ensure no pet whether within a rescue centre, homeless or otherwise goes without food or any other basic needs.

The voluntary-led organisation collects food and other basic supplies for neglected animals.

St Vincent De Paws is holding a food donation collection in aid of various different animal centres and Cork Penny Dinners, who are distributing the pet food to families with pets who are in need.

It is the organisation’s second big collection over the duration of the pandemic, after its first successful collection for Cork Penny Dinners back in May saw car loads of donations from generous locals.

St Vincent De Paws collected car loads of pet food in aid of Cork Penny Dinners to feed the pets of Cork's homeless back in May.
St Vincent De Paws collected car loads of pet food in aid of Cork Penny Dinners to feed the pets of Cork's homeless back in May.

Founder of the organisation Susie Jones wanted to help families and people living on the streets who were struggling to keep their pets fed in order for them to be able to keep their furry friends and not have to resort to giving them up and after a successful first attempt at saving more of Cork’s pets, she is now setting out to help even more.

St Vincent De Paws would normally hold food collections in local schools and would talk about animal welfare with the help of their three popular ambassadors, dogs Bennie, Ollie and Suzie.

This weekend’s collection will mark 13-year-old Bennie’s retirement after he recently fell ill.

Suzie sadly passed away after an illness back in May and both have been the driving force behind the inception of the organisation.

St Vincent De Paws is collecting wet or dry food and dog treats for dogs, wet or dry food and cat treats for cats, and bird seed and rabbit food for the wildlife rescues at various collection points this Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26.

This weekend's collection will be 13-year-old Bennie's retirement collection.
This weekend's collection will be 13-year-old Bennie's retirement collection.

On Saturday, July 25, donations will be collected from the car parks of: Lidl in Macroom from 11.30am to 1,30pm; Lidl Gurranabraher from 11am to 1pm; and Lidl Mitchelstown at a time yet to be confirmed.

On Sunday, donations can be made at: Lidl Ballyvolane from 1.30pm to 2.30pm; Lidl Ballincollig from 1.30pm to 2.30pm; Lidl Carrigaline from 1.30pm to 2.30pn; and a Togher drop off and Mallow drop off are yet to be confirmed.

There will also be collection bins at Glanmire Pet Shop in Glanmire, Macroom Pet Shop in Macroom, The Spaw in Douglas, Pet Paradise Waterford - Petstore & Doggie Daycare in Waterford, PETS plus North Point Blackpool in Blackpool, and PETS plus in Ticknock in Cobh.

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