It's not for me, and I'm totally okay with that.
It's for kitties who are homeless and in need like I once was.
I'd still be there - deaf, on the streets and alone - if not for generous donations like this given to the rescue that found and cared for me until I came home with Momma.
'Scuse me, I feel a bit verklempt - I think I'll let her take up the rest of this story....
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I received a letter in the mail the other day. In it was a very generous gift card and a note asking if I would please help create a holiday gift basket for an animal shelter or for someone with pets in need.
I wish I could adequately put into words how this touched me. For a retail company to reach out and ask me to help them help a shelter save lives - it was an honor to carry out their wishes. The company was Tractor Supply Co.®
|Photo credit: Mike Mozart via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0|
I had never been inside a Tractor Supply store. In fact, I hadn't heard of them until a few years ago. After a bit of poking around in Wikipedia and Google Maps, I began to see this 77 year old store appears most frequently in outlying suburbs. And there was one just a bit over 10 miles from us.
It took next to no arm-twisting to entice Marty out to the store for a visit. (one word, whispered: tools...)
The first thing I saw as I entered was this sign. WOW.
When I got home I went online and looked up the info on this clinic. They offer reduced-rate vaccine packages, as well as the $15 microchip and other diagnostic tests, including a rabies titer. They have an entire web site dedicated to animal rescue.
I hadn't truly entered the store yet and I was already a fan.
Their store was huge (a bit overwhelming at first to my untrained eye, in fact!). And as you can see, the pet department was a respectable size.
Although Tractor Supply Co. asked for a gift to a single shelter, truly their gift was so generous I was able to put together two "foster kits" - one for Wayside Waifs and one for Great Plains SPCA.
|Maxwell doing his best Vanna White impression, sitting proudly behind the two Foster Kits.|
One kit got a very nice grooming comb and the other, a nail trimmer and calming treats.
I have to tell you, I did a double-take when I saw the 69-cent price tag on the cans of food. Are you kidding me? That's not a 3 ounce can, it's a large, 5.5 ounce can. You can buy a serious amount of food for a shelter at that price. And it's made in the U.S.
Maxwell gave the Kit for Great Plains SPCA one last inspection before I left....
And Allie did the same for the gift to go to her Alma Mater, Wayside Waifs.
Then I was off, playing Hanukkah Harry for Day 1 of the Season of Lights.
|Kittens, here we come!|
|Hoping to make someone's holiday just that little bit easier...|
|Maxie: It feels good to be the bearer of gifts on behalf of TSC|
I really can't tell you how happy this made me, and how very glad I am to know about Tractor Supply Company.
Sirs, you have a fan for life.
If you were as impressed as I was with Tractor Supply's animal rescue outreach, please let them know. I know I'll be saying "thank you"!
You can connect with Tractor Supply Co. here:
Faraday: But wait! There's more!
Mommy left out the best part!!
Check out the OTHER cool stuffs she found at Tractor Supply.
Wait for it...
Wait for it...
Faraday: I mean, seriouslies. Ya gotta love a store that sells Chicken Poop Lip Balm!
Thank you, thank you. Try the veal. I'll be here all week....