Golden Valley animal shelter benefits from surprise Purina donation

Corporate officials at Purina opened their hearts and proverbial pet-food wallets this month by donating pet-food products to a no-kill animal shelter and sanctuary in Mohave County. Purina’s policy of donating food to local sanctuaries and rescues is that the facilities must be within 50 miles of a Purina manufacturing/distribution facility or a pet food bank. Purina’s closest Arizona facility is in Flagstaff, about 150 miles from Kingman. The only pet food bank in Arizona is in the city of Tucson, even farther away at more than 300 miles away. Because of Purina’s recent surprise decision and override of the current policy, 14 pallets totalling more than 10,000 pounds of dog and cat food, in addition to pet treats, were provided this month to For the Luv Of Paws in Golden Valley. Independent long-haul truckers Tracy Langley and Shane Isbell, who are devoted supporters of For the Luv Of Paws, donated their time, cost of fuel and use of their semitruck to drive to Flagstaff to pick up the donation and deliver it to Golden Valley. “Pets are at the heart of what we do every day at Purina,” said Larry Holmes, plant manager at the Flagstaff facility. “We know first-hand the joy that (pets) bring to our lives, which is why we support pet shelters and rescues and their mission to find loving homes for more dogs and cats. We’re glad to support For the Luv of Paws in their work to be a champion for adoptable pets. ”Purina’s Flagstaff plant donated more than 500,000 pounds of Purina products in 2017, which went to shelters and pet rescues in Arizona and the larger region. For the Luv Of Paws founder Cherie Dalynn said she was extremely pleased that Purina decided to make a donation to her no-kill animal sanctuary and shelter, even though it is about 175 miles from Flagstaff. Dalynn said she wasn’t aware that Purina was going to donate pet-food products, so she put out an emergency call locally for pet food in which she garnered 2,700 pounds of animal food from residents. If it were not for Purina’s donation, she said, she didn’t know where she was going to get adequate amounts of food to feed the animals at her facility. Dalynn estimated that the 10,000 pounds of product she received from Purina, and the 2,700 pounds and $300 cash donated by local residents, will feed the animals at her facility for about eight months. Many are not aware Dalynn donates her time to participate in the Tri-State Veterans Stand Down that is held annually in Bullhead City. Dalynn and her domestic sanctuary and shelter distribute pet products such as treats, toys, leashes and food bowls for homeless veterans’ pets. Sanctuaries and rescues interested in receiving pet food products and/or information from Purina can do so by going to the company’s website at www.purina.com. Anyone interested in volunteering at For the Luv Of Paws in Golden Valley or donating can do so by going to its website at www.fortheluvofpaws.org or by calling Dalynn at 928-897-7304. For the Luv Of Paws in Golden Valley is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

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