Anissa L. Riley, Director, Office of External Affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine
Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently concluded efforts to assist hurricane-ravaged areas of the East Coast by collecting donated supplies for pets and pet owners affected by Hurricane Florence.
The college’s students, faculty and staff collected personal-care items, non-perishable foods, water, pet food and other items needed by those who experienced losses as a result of the hurricane. The donations were then passed along to the Lumberton Receiving Warehouse and the Robeson County Animal Shelter — both located in North Carolina — where they will be distributed to those areas and individuals in need.
Dr. Ruby L. Perry, the college’s dean, praised students Austin Deese and William Galbreth, both members of the class of 2021, for their efforts to rally donations and support.
“Our students are leaders and are to be commended for being instrumental in organizing our relief efforts,” Perry said. “Austin Deese and William Galbreth did an outstanding job coordinating our Hurricane Florence relief effort and motivating students, faculty and staff.”
Perry was especially grateful to Hill’s Pet Nutrition for donating 2,000 pounds of dog and cat food, and to Purina for donating 380 pounds of dog and cat food to the hurricane-relief effort.
“We say ‘thank you’ to all for helping the College of Veterinary Medicine make a difference for families in need, as well as our alumni who have been affected by the hurricanes. Our thoughts and prayers continue with all victims of Hurricane Florence and, most recently, Hurricane Michael,” Perry said.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, North Carolina reported that 90 out of North Carolina’s 100 counties issued emergency disaster declarations as a result of Hurricane Florence.
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