Local animal shelters receive some holiday cheer

By: Elizabeth Scussel | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published December 17, 2014

 Almost Home Animal Shelter loads the van with hundreds of bags of pet food. Last week, two local rescues received donations of pet food as part of the fourth annual Holiday Kibble Drop and the 2014 Feed it Forward Tour.

Almost Home Animal Shelter loads the van with hundreds of bags of pet food. Last week, two local rescues received donations of pet food as part of the fourth annual Holiday Kibble Drop and the 2014 Feed it Forward Tour.

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BEVERLY HILLS — Each December, Ellen DeGeneres’ pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets, teams up with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org to spread holiday cheer to the nation’s four-legged friends.

The fourth annual Holiday Kibble Drop, with its 2014 Feed it Forward Tour, is currently in full effect. With a scheduled 15 stops across North America, the tour serves to benefit homeless pets by delivering more than 565,000 meals of healthy food to shelter animals.

“I’m very excited to be part of another Holiday Kibble Drop. I feel so grateful to partner with Halo and again be able to give nutritious meals to so many shelter pets over the holidays. It makes me happy to know they’ll be eating so well. They deserve it,” said Mimi Ausland, founder of Freekibble.com, explaining that the event strives to provide homeless pets the highest quality food possible.

Like a stop on Santa’s route, Premier Pet Supply in Beverly Hills served as a drop-off location on the tour last week. Receiving the donations — which equate to over 35,000 nutritious meals — were Safari Animal Rescue in Livonia and Almost Home Animal Shelter in Southfield.

“It was such an awesome, heartwarming thing. And the food is really healthy. The animals just love it,” said Almost Home Animal Rescue co-founder Gail Montgomery, explaining that the rescue currently has 150 animals in its care.

“We treat every animal that comes in like our own, and we believe that every life is precious. This food from Halo is a huge benefit to Almost Home animals.”

It’s the long-standing relationships with Premier Pet Supply that made owner Mike Palmer elect the rescues as recipients. Palmer explained that it’s gratifying to lend a hand and help the shelters, especially during this giving season.

“It’s such a great feeling to help people who help pets. These animals have no voice. We need to be the voice for them,” Palmer said. “This time of year, it’s so important to be generous and support all charities and support the welfare of these animals.”

For more information on Almost Home, visit www.almosthomeanimals.org.

Premier Pet Supply is always in need of pet food donations. The store is located at 31215 Southfield Road. For more information, visit www.premierpetsupply.com.