Launched at the start of September, the Elk Grove Leo Club’s 14th annual pet food and supply drive benefiting the Almost Home Foundation runs through Sunday, Nov 1.
Needed pet supplies include any new and unused cat or dog food, dog or cat toys, or other pet essentials. Club members set a goal of collecting 1,000 items.
Pet supply collection bins are in place at Jewel in the Elk Grove Town Center, at the Pavilion Fitness Center, 1000 Wellington Ave.; Al Hattendorf Center, 225 E. Elk Grove Blvd.; and at Berkshire Hathaway, 1010 Rohlwing Rd.
Additionally, Leo Club members will be outside the Jewel Sunday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 25 handing out lists of needed pet supplies.
Those pet supplies will be presented to Almost Home Foundation officials at the Leo Club’s 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 meeting at Panera Bread at Biesterfield and Arlington Heights roads.
Ray Szull, Lions Club advisor to the Leo Club, said the COVID-19 pandemic presented challenges this year finding locations for the collection bins. He said some locations did not accept them this year because of the pandemic.
Szull said he hopes the addition of Jewel as a new collection point would make up for the loss of other collection sites and decreased foot traffic at others.
The Leo Club is a teen civic organization for students aged 12 to 18 affiliated with the Elk Grove Lions Club.
The Elk Grove Village-based Almost Home Foundation, founded in 2005, is an all-volunteer registered 501c3 non-profit organization “dedicated to rescuing stray, neglected, abused, and abandoned cats and dogs,” the organization’s website says. The organization has a network of animal foster homes and provides financial support through donations.
Although founded in Illinois, the organization says they have also worked to save animals in other states including Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.
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