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SDASF 4th Annual Holiday Pet Food & Toy Drive
"Yes Fluffy, there IS a Santa Claus"

The San Diego Animal Support Foundation (SDASF) is hosting the 4th Annual Holiday Pet Food & Toy Drive to help feed hungry and homeless pets over the coming year. Last year's drive brought in food which was shared with struggling rescue organizations, and distributed to people who couldn't afford to feed their pets due to unemployment and other hardships.

"This is one of the few local food drives to benefit pets...the silent victims of this economy," says Darlene White, Executive Director for the San Diego Animal Support Foundation. "With all the seasonal fund raisers that are happening, it's easy to forget that there are people out there who can't feed their dogs and cats."

This year, tax-deductible food donations will be collected by the San Diego Animal Support Foundation to create a pet food bank for people who have lost their jobs or are unable to properly feed their pets due to economic hardship. The food will also be available to struggling foster families who temporarily care for homeless animals from local shelters and rescues.

"I was laid off unexpectedly just before last year's food drive," says volunteer Bonnie Barton, who coordinates the Holiday Food & Toy Drive each year. "I've been there. I know what it's like to struggle with the decision to feed yourself or your pet. No one wants to be forced to give up a family member, and for most of us, pets are family".

Individuals, clubs or pet stores who are interested in collecting dog food and toys at their store, school, church, synagogue, club or in their community, can contact Bonnie Barton, with the San Diego Animal Support Foundation at 619-884-5557 or Bonspaws@yahoo.com. The program will be going on from now until the end of the year.

Current Drop off Locations and Sponsors

* Healthy Pet Pantry - 681 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA 92019 (619) 440-4292

* Dogs and the City - 555 W. C Street, Downtown San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-WOOF

* Rancho San Diego Animal Hospital - 2988 Jamacha Rd, El Cajon, CA 92019 (619) 660-6767

* South Bark Dog Wash - 2037 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104 (619) 232-7387

* The Total Dog, Swim & Gym -1750 Ord Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 643-1454

* More locations to be added.