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Brandywine Animal Outreach Program Wins Grant in Nationwide Contest Sponsored by Tractor Supply Company

Help for Pets in Charles County has won a grant of $350 in a nationwide contest sponsored by Tractor Supply Company. Help for Pets placed in the top ten of 3,500 entrants in the Rescue Your Rescue Photo Contest. A check was presented to Pat Parrish, Help for Pets founder, on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Tractor Supply store in White Plains.
Help for Pets is an outreach program based in Brandywine that serves elderly, disabled, homeless, and low-income pet owners throughout Charles County. They provide free pet food, minor medical care, and access to low-cost and grant-subsidized spay/neuter services. They provide trapping services for people who own outdoor cats on their property, and help to get the cats spayed and neutered, vaccinated for rabies, ear tipped for identification, and returned to their outdoor homes.
"On a typical day, we might deliver cat food, dog food, litter, flea preventative, snacks for elderly pet owners, and drop off cats after spay/neuter surgery," Ms. Parrish said. "On days when the temperature is 90 degrees or above, we distribute bottled water, healthy snacks, hand wipes, and other personal items for clients who are homeless or who live in their cars with their pets."
Help for Pets in a non-profit that depends on the support of the community to serve those who need help. The organization is staffed entirely by volunteers, with 100% of donations helping the local community.
The top ten winners in the Tractor Supply contest received grants ranging from $200 to $10,000. Organizations were nominated by people around the country. Tractor Supply selected the top ten finalists, and online voting by the public was held August 15-19. Help for Pets was nominated by David and Pat Viets of Waldorf, who submitted a picture and story about their cat Wee One.
Pat Parrish founded Help for Pets in 2016. She received a call about nine puppies who had been taken from a bad situation and needed help. She found the puppies' mom chained to a tree nearby the puppies, sleeping under a truck in the sweltering heat with no water. Mom and all nine pups were surrendered that day, with tears and a promise of a better life.
"My work now is to prevent these situations from happening in the first place by offering help through community outreach, access to spay/neuter surgery and ongoing support through our Pet Food Bank," Ms. Parrish said.
Petco in Waldorf and PetValu in Brandywine both have donation bins in their stores for Help for Pets. Shoppers can place donations of pet food and supplies in the bins. Monetary donations are always needed and are used to purchase pet food, supplies, flea and tick medications, or put toward the medical fund. In you know someone who needs Help for Pets, please call Ms. Parrish at 301-643-3049 or email at helpforpetsmd@gmail.com. More information about Help for Pets is available at: www.facebook.com/pg/Help-For-Pets-in-Charles-County-MD-460632520800578/posts/?ref=page_internal
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