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Drop your Humane Society donations right at your favorite CoastHills branch

by Joshua D. Scroggin
December 14, 2017
Empty shelves at the Humane Society are waiting for donations to fill them up.
Empty shelves at the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society Pet Food Pantry are waiting to be filled through a month-long, multi-location donation drive, the first of its kind, with CoastHills Credit Union.

We're making it easier than ever for folks to donate to Santa Maria Valley Humane Society and Woods Humane Society this holiday season.

Throughout the month of December, 10 CoastHills Credit Union branches throughout the Central Coast will house donation bins for anyone to drop off items on the wish list of both the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society in Santa Barbara County and Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo County.

“With current fire evacuations and responding to Hurricane Harvey floods at the end of the summer, our cupboards are bare and we are asking the community to help by donating specific items that we use in the shelter every day,” said Sean Hawkins, Executive Director of Santa Maria Valley Humane Society.

“We’re so grateful to CoastHills for thinking of the animals,” adds Jill Tucker, Executive Director of Woods Humane Society. “The convenient locations of the CoastHills branches makes it very easy for donors to deliver supplies exactly where they’re needed most.”

Donations can be dropped off at Credit Union branches in Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, Santa Maria (two locations), Orcutt, Vandenberg Village and Lompoc.

Pet food donations will go directly to the Pet Food Pantry program, which provides food to low-income pet owners in the counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura. The Pantry is entirely supported through community donations and is a safety net to help struggling families keep beloved pets in their homes and out of shelters. You can find the list of most needed items for Santa Maria Valley Humane Society here https://smvhs.org/wish-list and the most needed items for Woods Humane Society here www.woodshumanesociety.org/donate/wish-list.php.   

The wish lists also include items that would greatly impact operations, such as cleaning and office supplies, blankets and collars as well as toys.

Both humane societies are non-profit organizations entirely supported by donations from the community, independent of county animal services. They do work closely with those county departments in their missions to end pet homelessness and overpopulation. In those efforts, the humane societies each provide rescue services, shelter facilities, affordable veterinary care, animal training and much more. 

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