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Teens rally to help homeless animals

Statement issued Tuesday:

Student members of the Animal Care Teen (ACT) program at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control will gather together on Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to conduct a special Stuff the Whisker Wag’n service event.

Their goal is to collect much needed canned food for homeless shelter dogs and cats. ACT students decided on the project after learning that 6,435 cats and kittens arrived at the shelter during the spring and fall months of 2011. In total 8,027 lost and homeless felines and 6,118 canines were sheltered at Animal Care & Control last year.

Citizens are asked to drop off canned food suitable for cats, kittens, puppies and dogs to help the shelter prepare for spring litters and homeless strays. Dry food is not needed at this time.

For those who donate a case of canned pet food, they will be thanked with a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich as supplies last. The Whisker Wag’n will be parked in the Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control parking lot located at 3020 Hillegas Road. Rain or shine, teens will eagerly await donations for this first ever event.

The Animal Care Teen program in its 26th year offers youth who are ages 13-17 an opportunity to learn about animal related careers, develop leadership skills, and to ACT for animals through service work.