Miranda Lambert asking fans to donate to local animal shelter

Country music star Miranda Lambert is asking fans to donate to Atlanta-based animal rescue organization, Furkids. (Special photo)

A local animal shelter has a new supporter: country music star Miranda Lambert.

Lambert, who is set to perform at the Infinite Energy Arena on Saturday, is asking Georgians to help Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters by donating cat and dog supplies as part of her “Fill the Little Red Wagon” initiative, a campaign that asks for donations to local animal shelters.

Furkids, a nonprofit that is headquartered in Atlanta, operates the largest cage-free, no-kill shelter in the Southeast for rescued cats and a no-kill shelter for dogs, making it Lambert’s Georgia pick.

“The Little Red Wagon was overflowing and then some,” said Lambert of her previous tour stops across the country. “I thank my fans, the volunteers, the communities and the shelters for their tireless efforts and for how much they care about what I love, which is the mutts.”

While Lambert said she hopes the prospect of helping a homeless pet is motivation enough, she, along with entertainment company Live Nation, will be hosting a meet-and-greet for a randomly-selected fan who donates to Furkids.

Because the Little Red Wagon will be set up outside the concert arena at Infinite Energy Arena, donors are not required to have a ticket to the Saturday event.

Furkids founder and CEO Samantha Shelton said food, treats and any other pet supplies are greatly appreciated.

“Miranda Lambert shares our love of animals,” Shelton said. “She is a powerful, outspoken advocate for animals in need, and Furkids is so proud to collaborate with her to help Atlanta’s homeless animals. Furkids urgently needs help with feeding and caring for (the) cats and dogs and we are grateful to Miranda and Live Nation for giving us this opportunity. We’re so happy for the help only Miranda’s fans can give us. The food and supplies will give us a chance to rescue, care for and adopt more animals into loving homes.”

Since its founding in 2002, Furkids has rescued, spayed and neutered and rehabilitated more than 25,000 animals, working to place them in permanent, loving homes.

The organization currently cares for approximately 1,000 homeless cats and dogs in its shelters, adoption centers and foster home network and serves more animals on a daily basis than any other organization in Georgia.

For more information or to view a donation wishlist, visit furkids.org.

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Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.

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