It will be sweet dreams for a plethora of pets when they’re tucked away in soft new beds at no cost to the humans in their lives, all thanks to the efforts of the Adams County Society for the Prevention of cruelty to animals (ACSPCA).
Thanks to the generosity of Bark and Greater Good Charities, 3,000 free pet beds will be distributed Sunday to residents of Adams County in Gettysburg Times parking lot,” said Abigail Avery, ACSPCA Director and Humanitarian Worker.
“It was a grant from Great Good Charities” that makes the event possible, Avery said, noting that the organization occasionally helps with donations to help the local nonprofit. The beds were donated by Bark, which runs the Bark Box program, and distributed through Greater Good Charities, she said.
A tractor-trailer brought 56 pallets of pet beds to the local shelter earlier in the week, where volunteers stood ready to unload and prepare the Sunday treat.
The semi-trailer was to be unloaded by the volunteers, with the boxes of pet beds secured into a rental truck which will be driven to the Time Sunday morning.
Volunteers will line up to distribute the beds.
“It’s one bed per car, and we’re asking that they be residents of Adams County,” Avery said.
Each recipient will be asked to “sign” for a bed so ACSPCA can show that the pet beds were donated to local people and not sold.
“We cannot sell them or make a profit, although some will be donated with adopted animals,” Avery said.
Over the past two years, there have been few outreach opportunities because of COVID, she said.
“It’s a way to give back,” Avery said.
Beds will be available in sizes small to extra-large, and volunteers will attempt to provide recipients with their preferred sizes, but this cannot be guaranteed.
It will be a strict one-bed-per-car policy so people can’t park and load a vehicle to ultimately sell the beds online, she said. Avery noted that this is a typical problem at giveaway events, even when pet food is provided.
There will be additional treats for pets.
“All beds come with a toy and a paper crown to put on your pet,” Avery said.
Pet baskets will be distributed on Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Gettysburg Times1570 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, one bed per car while supplies last, she said.