A Rocky Mount girl has donated more than 200 pounds of pet food and supplies to the Franklin County Animal Shelter.
Emmalyn Eubank, who just celebrated her 10th birthday, asked her party guests to bring pet supplies instead of gifts.
“I asked everyone to bring cat food and dog food instead of presents,” Eubank said. “Food for cats and dogs mean more to me than just presents.”
Eubank said she loves animals and has owned many different animals as pets over the years.
“I really like cats,” she said. “They are my favorite animal. I imagined if I was a cat and I was hungry and needed food. I already have plenty and so I wanted to help the cats a little bit.”
The donation was greatly appreciated by the staff at the shelter.
“Her donation was awesome,” said Rose Walker, animal care attendant. “We were actually running low on cat food, so we are very grateful to Emmalyn.”
The shelter operates mainly on donations and Walker said Eubank’s donation would help feed the cats and dogs for about a month.
The shelter was recently full, housing over 70 animals – mostly cats.
A recent push for adoptions, including free cat adoptions and vouchers to help with spay and neuter procedures, helped them to clear out the cages and make room for more animals in need.
The shelter is always in need of and accepting donations of dry dog and cat food, cat litter, canned kitten food, peanut butter, canned pumpkin, soft treats, collars, harnesses, leashes, blankets, towels and hotdogs for training.
Monetary donations can be sent to the shelter at 81 State Street, Rocky Mount, VA, 24151.