Union County An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety launches shoe drive fundraiser

El Dorado News-Times - - Local -

Union County An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety, www.ucapsshel­ter.org, is con­duct­ing a shoe drive fundraiser from Sun­day through Dec. 15 to raise funds for the abused and aban­doned an­i­mals in Union County, ac­cord­ing to San­dra Maguire, pres­i­dent of UCAPS.

UCAPS will earn funds based on the to­tal weight of the pairs of gen­tly worn, used and new shoes col­lected, as Fund­s2Orgs will is­sue a check for the col­lected shoes. Those dol­lars will be used to vac­ci­nate, feed and find homes for an­i­mals at the UCAPS shel­ter. Any­one can help by do­nat­ing gen­tly worn, used and new shoes at Pet­sense and Shelly’s Shoes. Other lo­ca­tions will be added, Maguire said.

All do­nated shoes will then be re­dis­tributed through­out the Fund­s2Orgs net­work of mi­cro-en­ter­prise (small busi­ness) part­ners. Fund­s2Orgs works with mi­cro-en­trepreneurs in help­ing them cre­ate, main­tain and grow small busi­nesses in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries where eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity and jobs are lim­ited. Pro­ceeds from the sales of the shoes col­lected in shoe drive fundrais­ers are used to feed, clothe and house their fam­i­lies. One bud­ding en­tre­pre­neur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.

“We are ex­cited about our shoe drive,” Maguire said. “We know that most peo­ple have ex­tra shoes in their clos­ets they would like to do­nate to us. By do­ing so, we raise money for the wel­fare of an­i­mals and we have the chance to help fam­i­lies in de­vel­op­ing na­tions who need eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties. It’s a win-win for ev­ery­one. UCAPS is a sec­ond chance shel­ter, we give ev­ery an­i­mal as many chances as nec­es­sary to find a good home. This part­ner­ship al­lows hu­mans to have a sec­ond chance to also help their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.”

By do­nat­ing gen­tly worn, used and new shoes to the UCAPS Shoes for Shel­ters Drive, the shoes will be given a sec­ond chance and make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives around the world.

UCAPS is a non­profit, 501c3 or­ga­ni­za­tion with the mis­sion to feed, med­i­cate and find homes for the abused and aban­doned an­i­mals of Union County. UCAPS also pro­motes re­spon­si­ble pet own­er­ship by pro­vid­ing low cost spay/ neuter clin­ics and con­tin­ues to work on ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic about ap­pro­pri­ate vet­eri­nar­ian care of all an­i­mals.

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