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GRANBY – In recognition of its “amazing support” of the Connecticut Humane Society, Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital was recently awarded the society’s Community Service Award for its annual pet-food drive.
Gordon Willard, executive director of the Connecticut Humane Society, presented the recognition to Dr. Anna B. Wolfe, one of the veterinarians at Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital and the organizer of the hospital’s fundraiser that benefits the society’s Pet Food Pantry.
“The generosity of our partners like SBVH make the Connecticut Humane Society Pet Food Pantry possible,” said Willard, who recently visited Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital to present the award to Wolfe. “They are true heroes,” he said about Wolfe and the Salmon Brook team that supports the effort.
Over the last two years, the Granby veterinarian has collected more than 10,000 pounds of pet food and thousands of dollars in cash donations to support the pantry, which provides free pet food to more than 200 Connecticut families in need who otherwise wouldn’t be able to keep their family pets.
“We are so fortunate to be part of a community that gives so generously to our annual collection,” said Wolfe, who created the fundraiser that will be held for the third time in December at Salmon Brook Animal Hospital’s facility. “I am incredibly proud of my colleagues who help with this effort, overjoyed with our clients who give so generously, and really pleased to be part of a community that comes out every year to show its support for this great cause.”
Wolfe said planning is already underway for the third annual collection, although a December date is not yet confirmed. “It takes a community working together to make this sort of impact,” said Alicia Wright, public relations director for the Connecticut Humane Society. The average community food drive to benefit the pantry raises less than 500 pounds, but the local veterinary hospital’s efforts are more than 10 times the typical effort. The hospital’s efforts, and the local community’s support, allow the pet food pantry to accept more families as well as use the monetary donations to replenish its stockpile, Wright said.
“Without this kind of support, the families that rely on the pantry would have to consider giving their pets up for adoption,” said the Humane Society’s Willard. “SBVH makes it possible for these beloved pets to remain in their homes with the families who love them.”
In addition to organizing and sponsoring the event, Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital also matches the individual contributions each year, Wolfe said. “We have a long history of serving the Farmington Valley and I think this drive is a great example of our commitment to the community. We look forward to collecting more and more each year.”
Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital has been committed to providing exceptional care for animals of all types since its opening in 1953, Wolfe said. The nine veterinarians on staff bring decades of experience and expertise, and provide a complete range of veterinary services. The hospital offers evening and weekend office calls, emergency care, boarding and grooming.