Local business aims to fill trailer for animal rescue

Sheena Nooy (Left) and Cory Pelchat (Right) with the first few donations for the Pack It For Pets project that is running through the month of August. The Trailer will be driven to In the Woods Animal Rescue on Sunday, Aug. 25.

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Local auto detailer Suzie Q’s is working to fill a trailer with donations to In the Woods Animal Rescue through the month of August.

Until Aug. 24, the team will be collecting donations of anything from food, to litter, to beds and anything in between in order to fill a 25-foot trailer with supplies.

“On (Aug. 24), we’re hosting a barbeque at Suzie Q’s to gather food and fill this trailer, and on the 25, we’re going to be driving it out to In the Woods,” said Suzie Q’s owner Sheena Nooy.

“In the Woods is in a much more remote location than a lot of the other shelters in town and they need quite a few resources out there,” Nooy added. “We thought we’d do our part to help.”

Branding the idea “Pack it for Pets,” Nooy and her team are hoping to deploy community enthusiasm and encourage people to support the shelter.

“Everybody’s got the same idea right now and everyone’s excited so let’s utilize that and feed whoever we can with it,” said Cory Pelchat, who is helping Nooy with the project.

As a pilot project, the team behind Pack it for Pets hopes to see enough of a positive response that will allow them to make delivery runs with an annual if not higher frequency. Should the idea take off, interest in donating to other potential shelters in need of supplies was also emphasized.

Herself bringing home two dogs from In the Woods, Nooy said it was a good place to launch the project since it was a facility that felt close to home for her.

“Every (animal rescue) organization in town could use a trailer full of animal supplies,” said Nooy.

“And we’re open to other organizations reaching out if anyone needs help.”

Attendance for the barbecue at the detailer will be by donation of supplies to the cause. Both new and used supplies will be accepted, as well as any food and litter able to be donated.

“In the meantime, it’s a great place for people to bring supplies if they’re not going to be able to make it out that day, or if they want to drop a bag of dog food off and aren’t interested in coming to the barbeque,” said Nooy.

“The animals don’t pick which facility they go to. If we can bring food to all of the local shelters that would make me happy but this is just the one we’re focusing on this week.”

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