Julia Rivera//March 31, 2022//
Julia Rivera //March 31, 2022//
Press release: Wag Heaven
On March 10, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter unexpectedly took in 41 animals that were rescued from an alleged abusive situation. The shelter, already at capacity, put out a call for help. The Sun City Pet Club and its 650 members jumped in to answer the call.
“Right now, our biggest concern is to keep these dogs safe and sound and treat any illnesses,” confirmed Misty Valenta, director of the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. “These dogs aren’t eligible to be adopted or fostered yet.” The shelter will need to feed them.
Alan Kamen, president of the Sun City Pet Club, contacted Valenta to offer support and found out that the shelter’s greatest need was for pet food and supplies to care for the additional 41 residents of the shelter. Kamen then contacted Wag Heaven Pet Supplies, a local pet store, for assistance. The Pet Club has initially donated almost 900 pounds of dry dog food, plus other requested supplies such as dog beds, towels, sheets and animal crates.
Wag Heaven was able to order a large quantity of pet food at below-wholesale pricing, which allowed the Pet Club to purchase and donate more to the shelter. Pet club membership dues and other resources made the sizable donation possible. Pet Club member Terry Ross of Neighborhood 22 in Sun City got her neighbors involved and received an SUV full of donations of bedding, towels, pet carriers, harnesses and blankets.
The Sun City Pet Club continues to make plans to donate and raise funds, answering the call to help. Individual members have been purchasing additional food and supplies from Wag Heaven at a discount to donate to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.
The Sun City Pet Club consists of residents who reside within Sun City, Georgetown, Texas, an active adult retirement community. The club’s mission includes providing support to local animal rescue agencies and shelters.
The club’s unwavering support to Georgetown and its pet communities is quite commendable. It regularly responds to requests from many organizations, and always with a charitable attitude. Members also volunteer many hours to help care for the pets in shelters and rescue agencies in the Georgetown area, including walking the pets, adopting, fostering, providing funding and more.
“The pet club members are a wonderful example of what it means to take care of each other,” said Jeff Manley, co-owner of Wag Heaven. “We are so very grateful to have the opportunity to assist the club with supporting our local pet welfare community.” Manley, along with husband and Wag Heaven co-owner Jusak Yang Bernhard, are residents of Sun City Georgetown and members of the Sun City Pet Club.