Residents of Gadsden County had an opportunity on Saturday, April 23 to receive free supplies for their pet dogs, courtesy of You Can Make a Difference, Inc.
Anthony Plouffe, of You Can Make A Difference, distributed the supplies, which included name brand dog food and flea prevention treatments for larger dogs (between 88-100 pounds), in the parking lot of Stone’s Home Center in Havana starting at 10 a.m.
Plouffe explains that the supplies distributed were past their sell-by dates (though not expired for use), and were donated to avoid them going to waste.
Additionally, vouchers were offered for spaying or neutering services and vaccines at participating clinics at a low cost.
Plouffe and his wife, Catherine have volunteered their time helping the organization with distribution and pet adoption events in Gadsden County and Tallahassee.
“We adopted two dogs from this organization,” says Plouffe, “and we just decided we could do more, and wanted to.”
You Can Make A Difference, Inc. has been a formal organization for 12 years, according to a statement provided by president and founder Norma Torres, but has been providing informal services for the past 30 years to Gadsden County residents in need.
Torres states that volunteers are always needed, and can help by providing transportation for veterinary services, socializing dogs, bringing them to adoption events, and providing clerical services.
If you are interested in helping out, or have questions regarding the organization or the services it provides, a Facebook page and a website is available.
They can also be reached by email: email@example.com and by phone: (850) 270-8793 or (850) 792-2152.
Future distributions will be held on Saturday, April 30.
At 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., dog food and supplies will be distributed at the Midway Fire Station (50 Martin Luther King Boulevard), the Gretna Fire Station (11175 South 204th Street), and the Chattahoochee Fire Station (32 Jefferson Street).
Stephen Klein – Gadsden County News Service