Throughout the months of June and July, All American Entertainment organized a donation drive for The Animal Protection Society of Durham through its philanthropic branch, AAE Cares.
400+ Pounds of Pet Food Donated
To collect the donations, AAE Cares partnered with local businesses and set up donation boxes at the AAE office, Park Veterinary Hospital and Urgent Care, Southpoint Animal Hospital, and Joe Van Gogh in Woodcroft Shopping Center. These partnerships helped strengthen the union between local businesses and reach out to more pet lovers across the city who would be willing to donate to APS.
The donation drive was a huge success. In total, AAE Cares collected more than 400 pounds of pet food, as well as a variety of toys, collars, leashes, bowls, pet carriers, medicine, and special supplies for rabbits and guinea pigs.
A Team Effort to Make DIY Pet Toys for APS
In addition to collecting supplies, AAE Cares created a toy making station at the AAE office. Once a week, employees ate lunch together while making DIY toys for the animals sheltered at APS. These lunches embodied AAE’s “Work Hard, Play Hard” philosophy, and gave the company’s employees a chance to bond while helping the cause. By the end of July, the AAE team had made dozens of dog and cat toys, including tug-n-toss rope toys, cat teaser toys, and squeaky doggy bones.
Donation to Help Pets Awaiting Adoption at APS
The donation will help provide care and comfort to the animals currently awaiting adoption at APS. The items collected were personally delivered to the shelter on August 17 by Marly Black, Director of Marketing, and Lisabeth Kane, Logistics Manager.
“The goal for the APS drive was to raise awareness of the APS mission, needs and animals available for adoption while supplying desperately needed support in the form of food, supplies, and materials that directly benefit the animals available for adoption by ‘forever families’,” said Kane.
AAE Cares Community Outreach Projects
This donation drive aligns with AAE Cares’ mission to “empower established community groups through resource support and outreach efforts to create positive change.” AAE Cares was established in 2017. During its first year, the initiative organized a Summer Carnival and a “Back to School” drive for the Boys & Girls Club of Durham and Orange Counties, held a food drive for the Food Bank of North Carolina, and set up an Angel Tree to make the holidays happier for Durham families in need.
The AAE Cares initiative has always wanted to find a way to support APS, and was thrilled with the opportunity to pitch in and help the shelter.