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By Christina B.
Published: October 24, 2013

VCA Mesa Animal Hospital will be accepting donations to help one of our local charitable organizations. Many of our homeless shelters do not allow pets, leaving the homeless with the difficult decision of either giving up their one true companion or keeping them and roughing it out on the streets.


“Homeless people have very strong bonds with their pets. Their pet is their best friend, child, confidant, protector, and is often the only being in their life that gives them unconditional love and companionship. We strongly believe in fostering this incredible example of the human/animal bond.”
                                                                                       -Mojave Desert Animal Rescue


As we go through one of our country’s toughest recessions, we want to ease these tough times by assisting Mojave Desert Animal Rescue in providing everyday necessities. From now until the end of the year, VCA Mesa will be accepting donations for the following items:
 

Pet Grooming: Brushes and Shampoo
Wire Dog Crates*: Small to Extra Large Size
Toys: Must be new due to health issues. Tennis balls, Kongs, tugs, kitty toys, Nylabones, etc.
Dog Beds and COVERED cat litter boxes, NEW.
Bottled Water:
Cases and gallon bottles. Must be sealed for health reasons.
Collars and Leashes: Collars, SMALL and EXTRA SMALL Collars must be new due to health issues. Leads may be new or gently used.
Harnesses*: LARGE DOG SIZES are desperately needed!
Guardian Support!* We do like to help homeless pet guardians as well! Donations of new socks, winter coats, mittens/gloves, winter scarves, sweatshirts and new MEN’S thermal underwear (winter is VERY cold here!) are all most welcome! No rips, tears, stains, broken zippers, etc.
Large Backpacks*: Homeless pet guardians carry everything WITH them, and wear out their backpacks regularly. New or in VERY good condition.
PLEASE NOTE: The ONLY clothing donations we accept are for items listed above!
Toiletries:
Chap stick, sunscreen, first aid, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, disposable razors, feminine hygiene, Q-tips, toothpaste/brushes, combs, antiperspirant, etc. All items must be UNOPENED due to health regulations.
Tents, camping supplies*: Tents take a fierce beating in our desert climate and heavy winds. Sleeping bags, Coleman stoves/small propane bottles, batteries, flashlights
 

*These items are urgently needed

We are very appreciative of any donation that is received. If you have any questions, please call our hospital at (760)245-0109. Thank you!
 

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