Delores Butler doesn’t want to see anyone give up their pet because they don’t have the money to buy pet food.
Butler is doing something about it. Last week, she held a Save-A-Pet food donation drive at Tractor Supply at Garden Road in Burlington. It was a success. The pet food collected there was delivered to Loaves & Fishes Christian Food Ministries.
Loaves & Fishes Executive Director Brenda Allen said on Friday that Butler donated 700 pounds of pet food to the agency last week.
“We serve 7,000 people and about 75 percent have pets,” Allen said. “Some of them can’t afford food and can’t feed their pets.”
Allen said Butler has provided Loaves & Fishes with another way to help those in need during difficult economic times. Butler said she is working to host another Save-A-Pet food donation drive in March and hopes to continue her effort to raise donations and collect pet food this year. All donated items will be delivered to Loaves & Fishes.
“I’d like to host the event at least once a month,” Butler said. “Some of my friends are helping me develop a website with information about Save-A-Pet.”
Butler said her house in Green Level was filled with 50 bags of pet food and another 60 cans of pet food last weekend from collections made through Save-A-Pet on Feb. 10 and Feb. 11. Butler said she collected financial donations as well, which she used to purchase some of the pet food.
Butler kept all the receipts from the event, which will be given to Loaves & Fishes to show all donations were used appropriately. Many who participated in Save-A-Pet also dropped off pet food they had already purchased.
“I do this because I love pets,” Butler said. “If I can help someone keep their pets, it makes my day.”
For more information about Save-A-Pet, call Delores Butler at 336-405-2168.