Pet Expo fund-raiser to benefit pet pantry

Posted February 22nd, 2012 by administrator

Pet Expo fund-raiser to benefit pet pantry
News from Cape Coral Daily Breeze:

Grace Community Center, on the border of North Fort Myers and Cape Coral, will hold a Pet Expo to benefit its own pet food pantry called Feed The Pack, Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., both inside the center and in the parking lot.

Pets and pet lovers have also suffered in this economy, said center spokespersons.

Much like a food bank for people, the pet food bank helps numerous pet owners in the community in need help feed their pets.

“In 2011, we gave out over 15,000 pounds of dog and cat food,” said Carol Musselman, director of operations for the Grace Community Center and Church.

“We look for about four main fund raisers a year to raise money for the community center. We know everyone loves their pets, so it is the right thing to do. Our pet food ministry is called Feed The Pack and provides pet food to our neighbors in need.”

It takes place when they do their regular food pantry outreach, the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month and the third Saturday of the month.

“We have five local rescue shelters that will offer pet adoption at the event,” she said.

Those include Lee County Domestic Animal Services, Forever Pets, Brooke’s Legacy Animal Rescue, Joey’s Greyhound Friends and Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary.

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United gives break to pet owners on PCS moves
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By Karen Jowers – Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Feb 22, 2012 18:54:26 EST

United Airlines is making an exception for military families who ship their pets on that airline when making permanent change-of-station moves, the company said Wednesday.

“We evaluated our policies and developed a special process for military families traveling on permanent change-of-station orders only,” said Mary Ryan, a spokeswoman for United Airlines.

Under the policy, military travelers on PCS orders will be able to ship their pets under United’s “PetSafe” program without having to pay an additional fee to a third-party freight forwarder, Ryan said. That fee would add $ 1,500 to $ 4,000 per pet to a traveler’s costs, according to some estimates.

United’s pet-shipping costs without that fee generally run a few hundred dollars. From Japan to anywhere in the U.S., for example, the cost is $ 309 for pets up to 50 pounds and $ 359 for pets weighing 51 to 70 pounds.

Military families should contact a United PetSafe desk for details on the special process, Ryan said.

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