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Hurricane aid benefits shelter pets, storm victims

Renatta Signorini
| Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, 2:53 p.m.
A dog waits to be unloaded off of a trailer after arriving at Allegheny County Airport from Texas on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. Close to 40 dogs who were up for adaption in San Antonio have been relocated to Pittsburgh to make more room at shelters.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
A dog waits to be unloaded off of a trailer after arriving at Allegheny County Airport from Texas on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. Close to 40 dogs who were up for adaption in San Antonio have been relocated to Pittsburgh to make more room at shelters.
Veterinarian Dr. Kristen Thornton plays with a dog rescued from Texas before examining it at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin on Sept. 4. (Trib photo)
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Veterinarian Dr. Kristen Thornton plays with a dog rescued from Texas before examining it at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin on Sept. 4. (Trib photo)

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.

• Leashes.

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, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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