Hurricane aid benefits shelter pets, storm victims
Allegheny County police and the medical examiner are collecting pet supplies for local shelters helping animals in hurricane-ravaged areas.
The agencies have opened their offices as drop-off points for pet items beginning Monday through Sept. 22. Monetary donations will not be accepted at the drop-off points, according to a news release.
Specific items needed for dogs:
• Any variety of grain-free food in which the first ingredient listed is meat.
• Unopened Purina One or Pro-Plan dry food or Purina One chicken and rice dry food.
• Purina, Purina One or Pedigree canned food.
• Toys and treats.
• Sheets, towels, blankets and beds.
• Martingale collars and cone collars, or e-collars.
Items needed for cats include:
• Any type of food
• Unopened Purina One or Pro-Plan dry food.
• Unopened Fancy Feast, Friskies or Purina One canned food.
• Toys and treats.
• Fleece blankets, beds and non-clumping clay litter.
Other items needed by shelters:
• Arm & Hammer laundry detergent.
• Clorox bleach.
Donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at these locations:
• Medical Examiner's office, 1520 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh.
• County police headquarters, 875 Greentree Road, Building 10 Parkway Center, Pittsburgh.
• Police District 2 station, 1801 Brownsville Road, South Park.
• Police District 3 station, 700 West Ridge Road, Allison Park.
Many charitable organizations are providing disaster relief after hurricanes Harvey and Irma slammed the Texas coast and Florida. Here are a few ways to make donations and offer support remotely:
• Wal-Mart and Sam's Club customers can donate to the American Red Cross at any of the stores' registers, at walmart.com or samsclub.com, or by texting WALMART to 90999.
• The American Red Cross has set up a donation page for the relief efforts at RedCross.org . Donors also can call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make a $10 donation. www.redcross.org/donate
• The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania is raising money through its website, uwswpa.dntly.com .
• Apple's iTunes and App stores have pages allowing users to donate between $5 and $200 to the Red Cross from the same account they use to buy music, movies and apps. 100 percent of the contributions will go to the Red Cross, Apple says.
• Amazon and its recent acquisition, Whole Foods, will match a total of up to $1 million in donations made from users' Amazon accounts to Red Cross relief efforts. The company has set up a “wish list” where users can purchase and donate supplies to the Red Cross — so far, the entire list is pack-and-play cribs, sheets and electrical cords for families and workers in shelters set up for evacuees.
• The Salvation Army is operating kitchens to feed sheltered evacuees and first responders. To donate to the Salvation Army, visit helpsalvationarmy.org , call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text STORM to 51555.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, email@example.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.