COLUMBIA — A heaping pile of donated pet food and supplies sits on a wooden pallet waiting to be sorted in a corner of the Columbia Second Chance adoption center.
The items came from 14 collection boxes at mid-Missouri supermarkets distributed by the volunteer rescue organization that provide homes for cats and dogs.
Since the boxes were installed the week before Thanksgiving, Columbia Second Chance has already picked up dog and cat food, cleaning supplies, pet toys and paper towels.
“The purpose is to fulfill our needs,” said Amanda Schlink, board member for Columbia Second Chance, said.
Because it relies on donations and adoption fees, Columbia Second Chance needs a steady influx of supplies and relies heavily on the support from the community, Schlink said.
The organization will take donations through the collection boxes until Jan 1. Items can also be dropped off the rest of the year at its adoption center at 24687 Highway 179 and the Award Pet Supply store at 1610 Interstate 70 Drive.
Schlink, who volunteers to pick up donations from the collection box at Eastgate Foods, said most donations have been food and cleaning supplies.
There's a general assumption that they just need food, Schlink said. Supplemental items, including appliances, crates, toys, shampoos and grooming supplies, also come from donations.
Successful in the past, the holiday collection boxes have been full this year, as well.
“Multiple locations — we’ve already had to empty out,” Schlink said.