Portland Veterinarian Teams Up With PVMA for Holiday Pet Food Drive

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic in Portland, OR is partnering with the Portland Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) to sponsor a holiday pet food and supplies drive. This drive provides pet food and supplies to local non-profits, rescue services and families in need. In the last year, pet food bank resources have been significantly stretched to accommodate the increased number of families in need of assistance. Donations collected at Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic help ensure all pets receive nutritious meals and basic care, such as flea prevention.

Portland veterinarian Dr. Kenneth DeRemer is urging pet owners to donate generously to the 2012 Portland Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) holiday pet food and supplies drive. PVMA is gathering pet food, leashes, blankets, dog sweaters/rain gear, flea prevention products, unused medication, and new dog or cat toys for animals in need.

"This holiday season, we urge pet owners to remember the many animals in need and the non-profit organizations that provide their care," said Dr. DeRemer. "A donation of quality pet food, unused pet supplies, or flea medication can make a huge difference for an animal's well-being. As we give thanks for our many blessings this holiday season, please remember the community non-profits that do so much to care for animals in need."

Pet owners can drop off their donation at Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic. The donations will be collected by PVMA and distributed to the Portland Animal Welfare Team, Coffee Creek Puppy Program, Cat Adoption Team, Clackamas County Dog Services, and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon.

This is the PVMA's sixth annual holiday pet food and supplies drive. Thanks to the generosity of pet owners and local animal hospitals the drive has increased significantly over the last six years. PVMA is hoping to collect even more supplies this year.

"More than ever before, our local non-profits are under significant pressure to support all the animals in need here in our community," said Dr. DeRemer. "These groups do so much to support animal welfare and provide pet food for families in need. As a Portland veterinarian, I know the difference that proper nutrition and preventative care can make for an animal's well-being. I encourage everyone to give generously."

For example, the Cat Adoption Team is a feline-only humane society that opened the first pet food bank in the Portland area. Today, the food bank provides 3,000 pounds of dry cat food every month to pet owners in need.

The Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team also helps pet owners who are homeless or facing extreme poverty provide basic care for their pets, including pet food and flea prevention products.

Donations will be collected through January 5th. Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic provides routine veterinary care, including a wellness program, for Portland pets. Donations can be dropped off at 5313 N. Interstate Ave., Portland, OR 97217.

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