From Feb. 11-28 the Danbury High School P.A.W.S. Clug is holding a pet food drive to benefit the P.A.W.S Club Pet Pantry. The following donations are needed: cat litter, dry dog food, dry cat food , canned cat food and dog and cat treats. Monetary donations (checks only, made out to Danbury Local Schools, Attention P.A.W.S. Club) are also encouraged and will be used to purchase pet food.
P.A.W.S. stands for ¨Promoting Animal Welfare by Students¨. This Danbury High School Club currently has 60 members who are committed to bettering the lives of all animals. Mrs. Sherri Roth, veteran Spanish teacher and animal lover, founded the club in January 2008. In January 2011, the idea of establishing a monthly pet pantry at the local food pantry came to life, based on the sad reality of people in financial hardship often having to choose to feed themselves or their children over feeding their pets, or in many cases having to surrender their animals to shelters or dog pounds.
P.A.W.S now has a pet pantry committee that plans and oversees the collection and distribution of pet food and cat litter. These students share the mindset that pets are family, too, and deserve to be fed adequately and to remain in their homes with their loved ones. Because of their efforts, clients of the food pantry who are pet owners now look for the P.A.W.S pet pantry table and are grateful for the help in feeding their pets. Clients often chat with students about their pets and show interest in the students´ lives.
The P.A.W.S Club is committed long-term to “doing good” for needy animals in our area. The continued support of the community, along with the Club´s fundraising activities, are key to sustaining its monthly pet pantry in Danbury Township.