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NEWS | April 23, 2008

AFPC junior NCOs gather food, supplies for animal shelter

By Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

Members of the Air Force Personnel Center Junior Enlisted Council recently held a Pet Care Drive to raise supplies and food for the Universal City Animal Shelter.

The group asked for donations from AFPC members and raised a total of 756 pounds of food, 224 pounds of cat litter and 16 pounds of treats. Cash donations were also accepted, and $155 was raised for the local animal shelter.

"We did something similar to this at my last base," said Tech. Sgt. Sandra Deason, who came up with the idea for the pet drive, "and I thought it would be a good idea to do it here."

She took it to the junior enlisted council and the idea was enthusiastically accepted.

"I went to the Universal City Animal Shelter because I had adopted two dogs from there ... and I knew about their efforts," said Sergeant Deason. "I contacted them to see what they needed and they asked for puppy, kitten, cat and dog chow and clay kitty litter and canned cat food."

"With these donations from our AFPC folks," said Tech. Sgt. Trisha Malec, council president, "the shelter will be able to save money by not having to purchase these necessities and instead put that money into their equipment needs."

The Universal City Animal Shelter is constructing a new, larger building, but they need to purchase equipment such as cabinets, desks, chairs and fencing.

"Next year, we'll do it again and sponsor a different shelter that can use our help because there are so many in the San Antonio area," said Sergeant Deason.