|Posted by livelovebarkdogrescue on December 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM|
December 14, 2015 - Bay Shore, NY – The Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-a-Pet Center recently hosted its Fourth Annual Holiday Pet Toy Drive, sponsored by the shelter’s volunteer group, Live.Love.Bark, which was successful in collecting more than 700 gallons of toys for dogs and cats. This year’s donations again surpassed the amount collected in previous years. Families across Long Island and even out of state made the trip to donate at the Shelter’s annual fundraiser which was held on Saturday, December 12, to place treats and toys in the 100+ holiday stockings that hung on each animal’s cage.
In addition to toys and treats, nearly 1000 pounds of pet food, an abundance of dog bone boxes, and an impressive amount of laundry detergent, dish soap, hand sanitizer, towels, blankets, beds and sheets were also donated this holiday season. Various supporters and local companies also co-sponsored the event while others donated items or baskets to raffle at Toy Drive, while Live.Love.Bark sold merchandise including both human and pet clothing and 2016 calendars that brought in more than $2000.00, which will be used towards the well-being and care of the 100+ adoptable animals that currently reside at the shelter.
The Annual Holiday Toy Drive was started in 2012, with the donation of holiday stockings for each animal at the shelter. Now sponsored by Live.Love.Bark, the event has tripled in size, collecting much more than just toy donations. In its first year, the Toy Drive saw approximately 50 people visit the shelter to support the effort, whereas this year, over 300 supporters walked the halls, stuffing the stockings and visiting with the animals.
To view photographs from this event, taken by Live.Love.Bark volunteer Leon Gurinsky, please visit Live.Love.Bark’s Facebook page. To donate items, please drop off donations at the shelter between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Saturday, at 210 South Denver Ave. in Bay Shore. To view photos of the adoptable animals waiting for forever homes, visit the shelter’s Facebook page.