Animal Friends of the Valley finds friends for homeless pets, needs the community’s help

Macy, a loving rescued golden retriever, finds a new home with Murrieta Realtor Dan Dowe, who is now helping Animal Friends of the Valley with donated pet toys and other items through Dec. 25. Dan Dowe photo

“Valley Gives Day,” Tuesday, Nov. 28, a day that helped give homeless pets a brighter future with donations coming to Animal Friends of the Valleys, has passed, but Dan Dowe, a Murrieta Realtor, continues to give pet gifts that keep coming for the shelter through the Christmas holidays.

Dowe rescued his faithful companion dog, “Macy” from the AFV six years ago. He said he was so impressed with the AFV and the help they gave him in adopting his four-legged best friend that he continues to gather up pet items like dog and cat food, leashes, beds, toys, cat litter and everything in between and to donate them to the shelter at 33751 Mission Trail in Wildomar.

“People can call or text me at (951) 313-7601 and simply leave their donations at the door, and I will drop by and pick up,” Dowe said. “Just like Santa, I deliver to the Wildomar animal shelter.”

Dowe’s 3D Realty is located at 37461 Paseo Violeta in Murrieta. Dowe’s email is do[email protected].

Katie Menges, AFV event and media manager, thanked Dowe for his continued efforts to help the many dogs and cats awaiting adoption into loving homes at the shelter as well as the many people who donated to shelter on Giving Tuesday.

AFV joined up with 45 other nonprofits in southwest Riverside County for #ValleyGivesDay, in conjunction with the national “Giving Tuesday” event that helped raise $2,500 in donations for the shelter.

The donations may mean more pets who were once homeless are finding new homes after receiving their needed vaccinations, neutering and spaying, yet there are still many dogs and cats in the Wildomar Shelter like Darling Dixie that still need a new, loving home, according to Menges.

Menges notes that Darling Dixie’s story is like many other dogs and cats still at the shelter.

“Dixie was brought to our (ID #370281) shelter when her former owner lost his home and could no longer care for her,” Menges said. “She is a sweetheart who loves people playing with toys and other dogs and giving endless amounts of love. Animals like Dixie are brought to our shelter every day – sometimes over 150 animals per week. In order for us to continue providing the best care for then, we need your help. Please consider making your tax-deductible 501 (c) (3) donation to Animal Friends of the Valleys.”

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