Tampa pet boarding location collecting donations for Harvey's rescued pets

Leashes, crates, dog food, towels needed

TAMPA, Fla. -

Pictures of pets forgotten and abandoned in Harvey's flooding in Texas are prompting local volunteers to collection donations.

"Yep, left in the water all alone, cold, hungry. It's sad,” said Meaghan Bunton. "They're part of the family. They shouldn't be left behind.”

"Wishing I could be there,” said Melissa Sullivan.

She can't but the items people are dropping off at her pet boarding business will help rescuers take care of displaced pets, dogs and cats, separated from their owners.

"It's all gonna be temporary just to get them by until a better situation comes up,” said Sullivan.

Melissa Sullivan, a business owner of Groomingdale's Bed and Biscuit for nearly 30 years, partners with animal rescue groups. She says the groups already have a built-in network already to help.

"They'll take used blankets, leashes, collars. They are desperate there so anything to help the animals,” said Lea Haverstock of Maxx & Me Rescue.

Throughout the day, folks who saw their call to action on social media stopped by to drop off donations.

"I just feel that the more people that help out you know the more help the animals get. And I just, I'm a big animal lover so whatever I can do to help animals,” said Bunton.

Their plan is to load everything into a volunteer's moving truck this weekend and deliver it to Texas.

You can drop off donations at Groomingdale’s Bed and Biscuit at 7416 Edgemere Road in Tampa near Citrus Park Mall.

If the business is not open, you can leave donations under the carport.

What donations are in need: Life jackets, dog and cat food of any kind, dog collars and leashes, collapsible dog crates, dog bowls, dog beds, blankets/towels (used or new - washed), cat litter, flea meds, emergency medical supplies (all kinds), microchip scanners, flashlights, batteries, climbing rope, halters, lead ropes, horse feed, fly masks and fly spray.

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