During the holiday season, humans aren’t the only ones at risk for going hungry.

To ensure that local shelters and rescues have enough kibble to go around, School of Wags supporters came together to raise $710 for 7,070 pounds of Pedigree dog food to be distributed to area shelters and rescues Dec. 11.

“With the help of wonderful volunteers, we were able to move the food from Austin to various shelters distributing 5,000 pounds the first day,” said Kathryn Leisinger, the “Dean of Wags.” “The second day saw the last 2,070 pounds handed out and both days saw lots and lots of happy dogs and shelter workers.”

After getting word that the opportunity was available to them, she posted a fundraiser on Facebook and was able to raise all the funds in less than 24 hours.

“I knew the community would pull together,” she said. “When I was able to put it out on our website that we had done it, I was ecstatic. This was made possible by community support. There was no way School of Wags could have pulled this off by ourselves.”

The food went to the following shelters: Bell County, Temple, Nolanville, Harker Heights, Killeen, Lampasas, Copperas Cove, Texas Humane Heroes, Forever Homes Rescue and the Ranger Shelter.

Michael Allen donated his truck and trailer to transport the seven pallets of food.

“Any time my family has the opportunity to volunteer and help them out we do,” he said.

“They are a great organization to work with and they are working for a great cause.”

School of Wags is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing large breed dogs, primarily Mastiffs, from situations where they are homeless due to owner surrender or in high-kill shelters.

For many strays who find their way into shelters, getting fed every day is a first.

“For some of these animals this is the first meal they have had,” said Dustin Connell, facility manager for the Bell County shelter. “Good quality food is hard to come by at shelters.

“This donation is greatly appreciated by our staff and by our animals.”

Susan Solkshinitz, a Spring resident and owner of three Mastiffs, donated to the fundraiser.

“(Kathryn) is so energetic in what she does and I love the work she does,” she said. “When I saw her post, it was just something that I had to do. It’s just wonderful that people pulled together to help get that food to animals who otherwise would go without.”

For more information about School of Wags, call 254-681-4090 or go to www.schoolofwags.com.

Herald/Jodi Perry

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