Friday, December 11, 2015

#TractorSupply meet your newest fan #ad

Maxwell: Do you see the sweet haul behind me?

Maxwell standing in front of a pile of goodies.

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.®

The facade of a Tractor Supply store
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.

Reduced rate vaccine clinics held monthly here! Impressive!

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.

A photo of our store's pet department

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.

Maxie sits proudly behind the two foster kits we bought
Maxwell doing his best Vanna White impression, sitting proudly behind the two Foster Kits.
Each kit received a pet bed, a litterbox, and food: Tractor Supply's own private label 4health® brand of grain free kibble and canned pate.
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.

Maxie gives the Great Plains SPCA gift bundle his sniff of approval

Maxwell gave the Kit for Great Plains SPCA one last inspection before I left....

Allie gives the Wayside Waifs gift bundle her sniff of approval

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.

We arrive at Great Plains SPCA with Tractor Supply's gift
Kittens, here we come!

We arrive at Wayside Waifs with Tractor Supply's gift
Hoping to make someone's holiday just that little bit easier...
During the season of giving, it's heartwarming to see a company give so generously.

Maxie ruminates over the opportunity we had to be the bearer of a blessing to two shelters
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....



  1. That is just pawsome!!!
    Mommy says that powder is just what the doctor ordered for Oklahoma summers. MOL!

  2. We have TSC store here, too. Its on the other side of our town so kind of not in our usual paths, but sometimes we do go in there...they do have pawsome things in there...and strange things as well...chicken poop indeed! Wait till the Tabbies of Trout Towne read about that, MOL!!

    How cool was that to be able to make gift baskets??!

  3. I wish Tractor Supply was closer. We don't have one within 8 hours. Isn't that a bummer?

  4. How fantastic is that gift, and sounds a great place to shop too... Gotta applaud them for the commitment to their community, wish more would follow suit, can you imagine how great things would be! purrs

  5. This is a lovely story! What a wonderful way for a company to celebrate Christmas. We only wish now that they were in Canada.
    PS-and that is NOT only because of that awesome lip balm.
    the kitty brats

  6. My TSC is just a couple miles down the road from me and I can honestly say that it is my very favorite store. And after their generosity with this campaign I love them even more! Pawsome post :)

  7. We have read so many great things about Tractor Supply and have been bummed that we don't have one. After seeing your article, Mom decided to investigate and found that we do...about 15 miles outside of town. She believes that's worth a road trip! XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  8. I've passed by TSC for several years because it's within 5 miles from my house and I had no idea there was so much in there for pets. I always thought it was a "feed and seed" store for farmers. We think it's great that they let us help out a rescue.

  9. We don't have one anywhere near us. But they would be on our fave list for sure

  10. Those are super nice gift baskets! I will have to look for the lip balm next time I'm in my Tractor Supply.

  11. You are a very generous, thoughtful kitty. My cat bro Bert, who we took in from a shelter says he won't ever share because he wants all the food for himself. I think he must have been homeless for a while as he is food obsessed. I is so important to support shelters. Nice job!

  12. What an awesome gesture from Tractor Supply Co! Since we live in a huge metropolis, I think the closest one to us is about an hour or so away.

  13. guys...thiz iz inn deed... mega total lee soooper way kewl... oh Tractor Supply two due thiz...984 paws up to them !!!! ♥♥♥ This is what Christmas iz all a bout ~~~~~~~ ♥♥♥

  14. That is a great thing for TSC to do. The gift baskets look lovely.

  15. I wish the Tractor Supply by me carried the 4Health canned food. The one by me has a very small cat section, and very large dog section.

  16. I've never heard of Tractor Supply Company before, but they sound wonderful!
    I'm glad that chicken poop moisturizer doesn't contain poop :-)

  17. We have a new Tractor Supply Co. not far from our house and the mom has yet to go there! We really think she better high tail it over there. Paws up for such great donations to the 2 shelters.

  18. I think that is great that they are so giving. I will pass on the lip balm though. :)

  19. Tractor Supply is a great place to get all sorts of stuff. It's fun to look around the livestock section. It is wonderful that they made a generous donation and you were able to help two shelters with such a useful gift.

  20. What a generous way for them to take care of rescues! We wish we had one nearer. One of the disadvantages of living in a tourist area is that it understandably doesn't attract this kind of store.

  21. Tractor Supply looks like a grreat store a little bit like Farmers store in Sweden but wee haven´t seen them do any advertasing for helping shelter kitties.
    I bet your gifts where very appreciated at the shelters !!


  22. That was so nice of them. Mum has a store close to us like that one. It is called Fleet Farm. She shops there lots. Stuff for the house, fevver food, stuff for me. Our store doesn't host a vet clinic though.

    Paws up for Tractor Supply!

  23. isn't that false advertising? chicken poop lip balm with no chicken poop??

    That was very generous of them, and of you to take the time to make up two gifts and deliver them.. Well done.


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