Saturday, March 25, 2017 Tractor Supply (TS), in partnership with a local animal shelter, hosted its monthly animal adoption event. It was also the last call for Girl Scout cookies; troop 859 of Richmond County was all smiles and working the table. During the event which lasted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Manager Lisa LaGrange on behalf of TS, donated a pallet of dog and cat food to the Northumberland County Animal Shelter. Staff and volunteers were on hand to accept the donation. The average retail cost for the donated food is around $600.00 with each bag averaging around $40.00 -$50.00. This is the second year TS has donated food to the local animal shelters. LaGrange said she is glad the food goes to the animal shelters…it is more cost-effective than shipping it back to a warehouse or throwing it away. TS carries products based on demand and often changes its inventory to accommodate new products that meet the local customers’ needs. When that happens old products have to go. LaGrange said, “The store literally raised the shelving height, from 72 inches to 84 inches, to make room for its new items.” Some of the products are made in the USA, or are specific to animals with allergies, skin or weight issues.
The adoption event takes place monthly now that the weather is warming up. “It is the most successful venue,” said Cindy Layman, shelter volunteer. Two lovable lap cats, Apollo and Lucky, and seven dogs eagerly waited for new families. However, there are more animals at the shelter waiting for adoption. “This is kitten time said Layman. The animals arrive at the shelter from various sources, to include, but not limited to, strays, rescued, and some brought in by individuals that can no longer care for the animals.
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