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Local pet stores host animal supply drive

Red Bandanna Pet Food stores are hosting the Angel Tree program

Brenda Megel, President of the Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption Inc., receiving Angel Tree gifts from a past year, including premium food, all-natural treats and plush toys. (Special Photo)

Brenda Megel, President of the Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption Inc., receiving Angel Tree gifts from a past year, including premium food, all-natural treats and plush toys. (Special Photo)

During the holidays, animals need some love, too.

Starting Nov. 29, Red Bandanna Pet Food stores are hosting the Angel Tree program, a “wish list” of items local rescue pets need this season.

“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 off the tree with the name of the rescue pet 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.”

Rescues wish for everything from food and supplements to treats and toys to leashes and shampoo.

Last year, Angel Tree brought in approximately $7,000 worth of products to six local rescues. This year, the store hopes to collect at least $10,000 worth of products.

The five Atlanta-area rescues to receive the donations this season are Boston Terrier Rescue of East TN (in Georgia), Good Mews, Mutt Madd-ness, Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption Inc. and You Lucky Dog.

“The Angel Tree donations run through Christmas, generally, but we always get a little afterwards, too,” Yellowlees said. “Then the rescues come pick up the donations at our warehouse. Many of the rescue folks send us pictures with the pets receiving their goods and it makes the holidays so special for us.”

Red Bandanna Pet Food is a local 13-store chain of “one-stop shops providing top-quality pet food, supplements, treats, chews, shampoos, accessories and toys for dogs and cats,” according to a release. Several of the stores also feature self-wash grooming stations and treats from Rusty’s Bakery, homemade by Chef Tisha Garcia.

There are locations in Buford, Norcross and Suwanee. For more information and other locations, visit www.rbpetfood.com.