Pet Food Drive...HalfacreSenior Matt Halfacre displays a few of the items collected as a result of the “Dawgs for Dogs … and Other Pets Too,” an initiative now taking place at RFH. Items will be delivered to pet owners in need by the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

“Dawgs for Dogs … and Other Pets Too,” a new initiative to provide items for the care and comfort of four-legged friends in the local area, is now taking place at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

Named in honor of the school’s bulldog mascot, the collection and distribution effort will assist local pet owners who may experience financial hardship in the coming winter months.

“Statistics have shown that the holiday season is the time of year when pet owners feel the most challenged to provide food and other necessary items,” said RFH Freshman Guidance Counselor Jason Lippart. “Our students are working hard to make sure that pets don’t end up being neglected due to the financial constraints that usually occur.”

Lippart is Co-Advisor to the RFH Character Education Club along with Jamie Juliano, a member of the RFH Child Study Team.

“Dawgs for Dogs … and Other Pets Too” is the result of a collaborative effort among the RFH Character Education Club, the RFH Paws and Claws Club, and the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties

Student members of the two Clubs are requesting donations of pet food, toys, and other items. Donations may be dropped off in the Guidance Office of the high school until December 2.

The collected items will then be distributed by the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to area residents in need during the last weeks in December.

The RFH Paws and Claws Club is dedicated to the care and protection of all types of animals. The RFH Character Education Club promotes the building of strength of character and conviction among all students.

The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties links those with extra food to those who have insufficient food. The FoodBank distributed a record 8.5 million pounds of food to more than 127,000 individuals last year.