The city Animal Shelter was given a check for $2,786 on Thursday from Stater Bros. Markets and Pedigree Food For Dogs.
The donation is part of a store promotion in which a portion of Pedigree purchases go to local animal shelters and rescue centers.
The money will go straight to the dogs … and cats – literally. It will be put in a fund to help with the cost of the spaying and neutering of animals adopted from the facility at 504 N. Kansas Ave, said Animal Control Officer William Miller.
The city charges $35 to spay a dog to those who adopt one at the shelter, but a big dog could cost the shelter up to $120 to fix. To offset the costs, Miller and company will pull money from that fund to pay the remaining balance, he said.
The San Bernardino-based supermarket chain and the dog food supplier have been partners for four years and have contributed more than $150,000 to local pet shelters, including the Inland Valley Humane Society in Pomona, the San Bernardino Valley Humane Society in San Bernardino, the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center in Riverside and the Victor Valley Animal Protective League in Apple Valley.
The Redlands Animal Shelter has been the recipient of money from the partnership since its inception, Miller said.
“They approached us and said, `Hey, we’ve got this check for you.’ I said, `Hey, I would love a check. Come on down,”‘ he said, laughing. “Also, Pedigree donated a ton of dog food to us back in November. They showed up one day and we said, `We’d love it.”‘
The shelter is gearing up to host events and promotions in San Bernardino County and in its own backyard.
It will bring adoptable animals to Renaissance Pet Resort and Spa, 1346 E. Ramsey St., Banning, on Saturday in hopes of finding each animal – especially pit bulls at the shelter – their “forever home.”
In May, the shelter is partnering with Coventry Pet Resort off Tennessee Street in Redlands for an adoption drive.
It also holds adoption drives from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday at Petsmart, 595 E. Hospitality Lane, San Bernardino.
The Redlands Animal Shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Adoption rates are $63 for dogs, $37 for cats. A senior discount of $35 is offered for dogs and $22 for cats.
Cost includes the spaying or neutering of the animal and one vaccination.
The shelter also accepts donations of small blankets and towels, food and other necessities during business hours.