Donations sought for pet pantry

ESCANABA – While area charities are gathering items for holiday food baskets and food pantries, an Escanaba veterinary is seeking donations for a “pet pantry” to make sure the needs of animals are also being met this time of year.

The Escanaba Veterinary Clinic, 618 Stephenson Ave., has been sponsoring the local collection for pet supplies for about 10 years. Donated items go to the Salvation Army in Escanaba to give away with holiday gift baskets.

“This is to help out the pets out there that get forgotten during the holidays,” explained Mary Bink, client services director at the vet clinic.

Any monetary donations received go toward the purchase of dog and cat food from the veterinary which sells it at cost for the program, she said.

The pet pantry collection began earlier this month at the clinic which will continue to accept donations through Dec. 16. A few items have been received but more donations are encouraged for the cause, said Bink.

Items needed include dry and canned pet food, cat litter, litter pans, pet toys, cat nip, dog treats, pet beds, blankets and anything pet-related, she said.

The vet clinic is accepting pet pantry donations during open hours which are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.