Leidos QTC Employees Donate Supplies to No-Kill Pet Rescue

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In honor of National Cat Day last October, our San Dimas employees donated 300 items and purchased $230 worth of online wish list items for no-kill animal shelter Priceless Pet Rescue in Claremont, California.

From Oct. 12 to Oct. 29, they collected cat food, toys, small blankets, and cleaning supplies. Remote employees ordered items from the shelter’s online wish lists, which were mailed directly to their location. In true Leidos QTC fashion, employees exceeded their original goal of 200 items.

“We were blown away with the donations that we received!” Priceless Pet Rescue Events Manager Brooke Heimbach said. “When I was told we were receiving donations, I was expecting a few bags of food or so, but these expectations were greatly surpassed! We are seriously so grateful and appreciative.”

Woman holds a kitten in her arms.

Writing Intern Savannah Muñoz was moved into action when she began volunteering at the shelter. She learned that 71% of shelter cats are euthanized annually. In California, the situation becomes even more dire; it’s one of the top states responsible for cat euthanizations.

Priceless Pet Rescue provides cats, dogs, and critters with comfortable and loved lives, even if they don’t get adopted. Each year, they save hundreds of animals from high-kill shelters and dangerous situations, but this wouldn’t be possible without donations and volunteers.

“I can’t adopt or foster a cat, so I thought that I couldn’t help much,” she said. “Until I read this quote on the shelter’s website: Adopt, if you can’t adopt, foster, if you can’t foster, volunteer, if you can’t volunteer, donate, if you can’t donate, educate.”

Muñoz initiated the cat supply drive with Inclusion and Diversity (I&D). She got crafty and made cat-shaped donation boxes inspired by Mittens, a shelter cat she volunteered with.

“As I counted our donations, I was so moved by our community’s generosity and kindness,” she said. “We collected 171 cans of food— that’s nearly three months of feedings!”

On Oct. 29, just in time for National Cat Day, the I&D team delivered the heavy donation boxes to the shelter.

“Because of your generous donations, we will be able to take in more cats, and those cats will be loved on and cared for at our facility until they find their forever homes,” Heimbach said.

Written by Communications Coordinator Angelica Guzman

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