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ACS donating food to needy area animals

This holiday season, the Animal Care Society of Mathews is pivoting its focus to helping supplement the diets of local needy animals.

Most of the Animal Care Society’s yearly earnings it raises primarily through selling items in its Potpourri Shoppe, located on Mathews Main Street across from Mathews Memorial Library, are usually donated to the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society. Community members recently alerted ACS to the problems that Mathews animals face on a daily basis.

“We really need to bring it back to our backyard,” said Mary Stephens, president of ACS.

Stephens contacted organizations similar to ACS in Kilmarnock and West Point, and learned that both provided food supplement programs for needy animals. She decided that ACS could come up with a similar program by partnering with Hands Across Mathews.

ACS has allocated some of its funds to provide dog food, cat food and treats to HAM clients who need help feeding their pets, as well as feral cats, from now until t...

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