Blankets Make Everything Better

Residents at the Front Street Animal Shelter got a little warmer on Friday, March 3rd, when Cal OES delivered 70 slightly used blankets to the shelter. The blankets were among some of the state resources used in the Oroville Dam sheltering response.

The blankets are considered consumables and were made available to evacuees at various shelters. Since, the blankets are considered consumables, there are no procedures or protocols for cleaning or laundering after initial use.Because the shelter relies strictly on donations to care for the lost or abandoned animals, donations are much appreciated.

At the Front Street Animal Shelter there are 97 kennels and the shelter takes in 11,000 dogs and cats a year. Most of those animals are adopted by loving families and will have their own blanket at their new home. However, while staying at Front Street the blankets that were delivered on Friday will be made available to those animals currently at the shelter to make their stay a little more comfortable.

“We rely on donations to help make the animals comfortable during their stay until they find a permanent home,” said Gina Knepp, Director of the Front Street Animal Shelter. “Of course, we love monetary donations , but there are other ways to donate. Whether it be volunteering one’s time or dropping off necessities to care for the animals the support is welcomed.”

And the shelter can always use pet food. Not only does it help feed the animals staying at Front Street, the shelter gives over 5,000 pounds of pet food a year to those who need assistance feeding their pets. Items such as bedding, towels, kitty litter and pet toys are also requested.

Learn more about the Front Street Animal Shelter and download a wish list of items to help keep the animals comfortable by visiting there website: Front Street Animal Shelter.


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Robb Mayberry

Robb Mayberry is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He has assisted in the response and recovery efforts with some of California’s worst disasters, including the San Refugio Oil Spill, the Valley and Butte Wildfires, Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Erskine Fire, and the Winters Storms of 2017. Prior to public service, he spent 25 years managing the public and media relations for some of Northern California’s largest healthcare organizations.

4 thoughts on “Blankets Make Everything Better

  • March 7, 2017 at 11:53 am

    I’m very, very glad they were put to use rather than being destroyed, but did they have to go all the way to Sac? NWSPCA in Oroville is practically starving for consumables like blankets, as are any animal shelter in Butte Co.

    • March 7, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks for your reply Theo and for following our blog. Yes, unfortunately there are many animal shelters in need of supplies and it was a difficult decision where to donate. These particular blankets came from the evacuation shelter which was located at Cal Expo in Sacramento County, so it just seemed feasible to keep them within the vicinity.

  • March 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I am very happy to see the blanks go to the shelter!

  • March 8, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Great idea to reuse the blankets!!


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