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Pet food stores sponsor animals for holidays

Special Photo Brenda Megel, President of the Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption, Inc., with a pug receiving Angel Tree gifts last year, which included premium food, all-natural treats, plush toys and more.

Special Photo Brenda Megel, President of the Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption, Inc., with a pug receiving Angel Tree gifts last year, which included premium food, all-natural treats, plush toys and more.

SUWANEE -- Times can be tough around the holidays -- even for animals.

To help the furry friends, Red Bandanna Pet Food is holding its annual Angel Tree, a "wish list" of items local rescue pets need this season. That includes everything from food and treats to toys and shampoo.

There are sponsored animals from the six Atlanta-area rescues on the trees for customers to select from. This year's rescues are Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption, Inc. of Suwanee, Adopt a Golden, Boston Terrier Rescue of East TN (in Georgia), Good Mews, Mutt Maddness and You Lucky Dog.

"This year's Angel Tree will work just like it has in the past," said Dylan Yellowlees, social media and graphics manager for Red Bandanna, "Customers just pick an 'angel' while doing their regular shopping and buy what that pet is wishing for this holiday season. We collect the gifts and present them to the rescues at the end of December."

SEPRA has recently been trying to raise additional funds for its nonprofit, so the extra help from Red Bandanna is heart warming, said Brenda Megel.

"We are so grateful to partners like Red Bandanna who support our rescue efforts," president of SEPRA said. "With over $11,000 of debt due to vet bills, our rescue needs every donation it can get. It is such a tough economy that donations are down while intake of pugs is up. It warms our hearts to be able to provide our foster families with the necessities for caring for our rescues."

Each of the Atlanta area Red Bandanna stores is participating; there are three locations in Gwinnett: 7702 Spalding Drive in Norcross, 2121 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in Suwanee and 5885 Cumming Highway in Buford.

For more information, visit www.RedBandannaPetFood.com.