Purina Pet Project October 6th, 2012
From 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 hundreds of people visited the Purina Event Center at Purina Farms in St. Louis to participate in the Purina Pet Project. Families constructed dog beds. built cat towers, made no sew blankets and decorated bowls and frisbees for homeless pets. While attending the event they got to meet adoptable puppies, kittens, dogs, cats, and senior pets all looking for homes. The event was free to attend and all of the supplies were provided for participants all they needed to bring with them was some time and a love of animals.
Each year, more than 50,000 dogs and cats enter St. Louis area public and private shelters, and aside from adopting a dog or cat many pet lovers are unaware of all the different ways they can help homeless pets. Sometimes it’s just a matter of interacting with pets in the shelter and helping socialize them to make them more adoptable. Other times, it could be making a financial contribution, offering a temporary home for a foster pet or even donating supplies. The Purina Pet Project event is a day dedicated to the homeless dogs and cats who could give so much love, if only given the chance in a forever home.
Pet lovers of all ages were encouraged to come out and participate in whatever way they felt comfortable.
I had the privilege of getting to attend the Purina Pet Project Event for the very first time. It was amazing to witness how many pet lovers are in the St. Louis community who were all willing to go out on a Saturday morning to lend some time to helping better shelter pets lives. Young and old seemed to be enjoying the event. Finding the perfect “job” for what they were able to contribute. There were entire families putting together cat towers, Girl Scout Troops painting dog houses, grandparents with their grandchildren making no sew blankets, and young children coloring bowls for the homeless pets.
While I was at the event I sat down with one father and son team who had already finished constructing a cat tower and were on their way to finishing their 2nd dog bed. The father and son were bonding over something they were both passionate about. The family had a cat at home that they loved so when the little boy’s mom heard about the event she asked the family if they would like to take part in the event. The mom and daughter were putting together a dog bed when I caught up with them after doing more of the crafty activities first. Between hockey practice and a soccer game they found some time to better the lives of homeless pets. And that is what the Purina Pet Project is all about.
If the Purina Pet Project came to a city near you do you think you would help out your local homeless pets?
*I visited Purina and Purina Farms with a group of pet bloggers from October 3rd – 6th in order to get to know Purina and all of their pet brands better. This was a sponsored trip however all pictures, posts, videos and opinions are my own.