Animal Services Center competition nets nearly 1,000 items
By Mike Cook
Las Cruces Bulletin
Nearly 1,000 towels, blankets and other items were donated and delivered to the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley (ASCMV) as a result of a friendly competition between the City of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County.
A total of 979 items were donated, with 495 credited to the county and 484 to the city.
“This month-long competition was a lot of fun for everyone who participated, and both the city and county collection sites had good traffic,” said Liz Reed, manager of the county Rural Outreach Assistance Program office, and the coordinator for the county drive.
“When the final count was done on July 1, the donations to the county sites edged those to the city’s sites by less than a dozen,” she said. “We appreciate the friendly nature of the competition, and everyone who donated can rest assured that the real winners are the shelter animals.”
Reed said she “got the idea for the competition after hearing Maritza Ortiz from ASCMV speak during the pet showcase section of an April board of county commissioners meeting. Martiza stated how the center was in dire need for towels and blankets. I contacted Jamey (Rickman) with the idea and the rest is history.”
“Many thanks to everyone in the community who contributed items to this donation drive,” said city Council and Constituent Services Coordinator Jamey L. Rickman, who coordinated the competition for the city. “These items are a comfort to the animals during their stay at the animal shelter, and help the ASCMV employees with their care of the animals.”
Of the 484 total items collected by the city, 267 were towels and 45 were blankets, Rickman said. Other donations included cat and dog food and toys, sheets, pillow cases, lengths of material, cat and dog beds, house training pads, etc.
“In addition to the 265 towels and 67 blankets that were donated on the county side of the competition, people also donated pillow cases, pet brushes, pet apparel, cat litter, disinfectant wipes, cat and dog food, sheets, bed spreads, dog treats, rugs, pet carriers, a crate, a pooper scooper and pet toys,” said Reed.
All the donations have been delivered to ASCMV.
“There is no prize for the winner,” Rickman said. “The recognition is simply the community support of the donations.” City and county employees were recognized at the July 5 city council meeting.
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