Pet Food Drive this Friday! (Carrboro Plaza Vet + Orange County Animal Shelter)

I just did the following commentary for WCHL which will play on Friday of this week.  I've organized Carrboro Plaza Vet's 2nd Annual Pet Food Drive in conjunction with the Orange County Animal Shelter.  My first blog posting on this site was about this about the first pet food drive that I organized last year which you can see here:


Food Collected during the 2008 Pet Food Drive



This is Jake Gellar-Goad. I'm a Chapel Hill resident, and I've got something to say.

I wanted to talk about the importance of remembering animals in need during this economic downturn.  At times like this, there are many non-profit organizations and charities that are worthy of support.  But one cause that’s easy to overlook is animal welfare -- because animals can't speak out for themselves.

One way to help is by supporting local shelters. Economic downturns can mean tough decisions for many individuals and families, and some of those decisions result in many more pets ending up at animal shelters at a time when shelters may not be receiving as much support as usual.

There are several ways you can help:

  • You can show your support by volunteering at your local shelter.
  • You can show your support by finding room in your home for a new four-legged addition.
  • Or, you can give pet food & supplies to your local shelter.

Towards that end, I've organized the 2nd annual Pet Food Drive at Carrboro Plaza Vet in conjunction with the Orange County Animal Shelter.  If you have any pet food or supplies that you would like to donate, please bring them by Carrboro Plaza Vet by 1 pm today.  If you can stop by between 12 & 1, we invite & encourage you to hang out, grab a goodie bag, enjoy the refreshments, and meet some of the staff from Carrboro Plaza Vet & the Orange County Animal shelter -- plus play with a few dogs that are available for adoption!  For directions & additional details, check out our website at



After I did the commentary the guy who helped me record it said this sounded like an interesting event & that they may even do a new story on it so I'm really hoping that happens to help spread the word about the food drive.  This Friday also happens to be my last day at the Carrboro Plaza Vet Clinic.  I've been working there for about 3 years, but I'm starting grad school in the fall for a MPA degree, and this food drive is one of my "pet projects" (pun fully intended) that I want to see continue long after I'm gone.  So if anyone wants to bring by any unopened pet food, you can do so during the event, or anytime this week before the event (the food drive was actually a month long, but this is just the grand finale event).



WCHL contacted me today for a phone interview for a news story to cover the event which will hopefully help draw more attention to the event =)




Thanks Jake. This is a wonderful idea. Yumi will miss you at Carrboro Plaza.. Your dedication to our four legged friends an asset to our community. Good thing you will be staying in town for you masters. I will pass this information on.

Great idea. We can all chip in and help our four legged friends. I will gladly pass this on to friends and neighbors.

I also wanted to share the facebook event link if anyone uses facebook:

Sorry to post anonymously, this is Jake Gellar-Goad, I'm at work, and I'm lost without my "remember my password" thing on my home computer.

Here are a few articles.  I think the final vote is today.  Ellie has been a supporter of the legislation.  Didn't think it was worth starting a second pet related thread or anything, but I thought anyone interested in this pet food drive thread might like to know about this too.  

News coverage for the event including my interview:

Pics from the event!!!This is one of several of our pet food collection areas. We by far beat our collections from last years food drive.A rep from Hills Pet Food set up a table with info for our event.The Orange County Animal Shelter set up a table too. They've joined in on this event both years we've been doing it, and have been the recipients of the pet food.And of course there were refreshments & goodie bags for all!Here is Rudder, a doggie from the shelter who is available for adoption, playing with one of our techs. Here is a group shot of the people who ran the event. The Hills Pet Food Rep is on the left, Sarah Fallin & Rudder from the shelter are in the middle, and I am on the right. This was my last day at the vet clinic before going off to grad school, and the last event I'll get to organize for them, but I sure hope they keep it going so I can attend again next year!


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