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Teens to collect canned pet food during Stuff the Whisker Wag'n

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 7:43 am

Members of the Animal Care Teen program at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control will again be collecting canned pet foot.

The 4th annual Stuff the Whisker Wag'n will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 15. The teens will collect much-needed canned food for shelter dogs and cats. The shelter experiences an uptick in animals every spring, many resulting from animals that were never spayed or neutered, according to a news release. In 2013, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control sheltered 6,992 lost and homeless cats and 4,982 dogs.

Students are asking for canned pet food because canned food isn't part of the shelter's budget. Still, canned food is needed to entice animals to begin eating, to provide a quick source of moisture to the diet, and to add weight to those animals that arrive malnourished, according to the release.

Donors will receive a coupon for waffle fries from Chick-fil-A, while supplies last. The Whisker Wag'n, which brings adoptable pets to various locations, will be parked at the shelter, 3020 Hillegas Road. Rain or shine, teens will take donations.

The Animal Care Teen program, in its 29th year, offers youth ages 13-17 an opportunity to learn about animal-related careers, develop leadership skills, and to act for animals through service work.