The Mauldin Police Department will host Lend-a-Paw, a family-friendly event for dogs in need, on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hollywood Feed at 2200 Woodruff Rd., Unit 500 in Simpsonville. Members of MPD will be on site collecting donations of dog food and other pet-related supplies to benefit Greenville County Animal Care, the largest open-admission animal facility in South Carolina, with a care capacity of approximately 400 dogs and cats.
The event will feature several food trucks and vendors as well as special appearances from MPD Therapy K-9 Margo, the Mauldin Fire Department and Chase from “PAW Patrol” in costume. Community members will also be able to view photos of cats and dogs available for adoption through Greenville County Animal Care.
Lend-a-Paw is being organized by Codes Enforcement/Animal Control Officer Sam Duncan and Cpl. Harley Sefcik, both members of MPD’s Community Action Team.
“This is the start of giving season, so we felt it was the perfect time to offer community members a way to give back and support healthy, safe environments for animals where they can be well-fed and well taken care of,” Cpl. Sefcik said. “Greenville County Animal Care does a tremendous job ensuring the compassionate treatment of animals in our area, and we’re proud to be able to support their efforts and help gather additional resources for them through this event.”
Community members are encouraged to donate dog food as well as pet-related supplies such as dry cat food, kitty litter, fleece blankets, towels, large Kong toys, and canned pate-style dog food and cat food at the event. MPD will also accept monetary donations to benefit Greenville County Animal Care, which is partially funded by the government and relies on donations to fund impactful initiatives and programs. Organizers are hoping to fill three cop cars with donations.
“Caring for our four-legged friends takes a community effort, and I’m immensely grateful to the Mauldin Police Department, the dedicated members of our Community Action Team, and the generous support from Hollywood Feed for their tireless work in collecting donations through the Lend-a-Paw event,” said Paula Church, community relations coordinator for Greenville County Animal Care. “Together, we are making a meaningful impact on the well-being of our beloved pets and fostering a more compassionate community.”
Community members who make a donation at the event will receive a coupon from Hollywood Feed for 15% off their next purchase.
Vendors on site will include Wicked Southern Boutique, N’Spire Nutrition, Big Fuss Fresh Food and Vampire Penguin.