There are thousands of dogs waiting for loving, forever homes at shelters throughout the Valley, and a local woman is doing her part to make a difference in the lives of these animals.
Scottsdale resident Renee Fontaine, a children’s book author, began a blanket and towel donation drive six years ago, and now, her ongoing project has given thousands of dogs a warm and comfortable shelter experience as they wait for their permanent placement.
Fontaine’s love of animals inspired her to start collecting blankets and towels for shelter dogs. She originally began by collecting 100 blankets, but soon realized the need was much greater, so she spread the word on social media and old-fashioned word of mouth throughout the community.
Now, her most recent drop-off included 4,000 towels and blankets for dogs at Maricopa County Animal Care & Control shelters throughout the metro area. It took her one month to collect all the blankets.
Fontaine’s efforts make a huge difference to shelter animals in the state, which has one of the highest euthanasia rates in the country.
Save up your old blankets and towels for next year’s annual donation drive. You can get involved by emailing [email protected]. To learn more about animals available for adoption at local shelters, visit www.maricopa.gov/pets/adopt.aspx.