PARKLAND, FL- A local student has been working on an ongoing project to care for abandoned animals this season. Keely Owen, a junior at North Broward Prep, has always had a heart for animals that she couldn't care for in her own home. She began the project called "Rescue Kits" before the Coronavirus pandemic turned life upside down, and the need continues today.

"The "Rescue Kits" project is a project I put together where you collect supplies for either a dog or cat in a shelter," says Owen.

The supplies that have to be collected for the project are: a new bag of cat or dog food, 4 cans of food, a blanket or towel, 1 leash or collar (you may also buy a new toy instead), and 2 dog or cat bowls (you can also provide paper towels or disinfectant wipes but those are hard to find at this time).

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"The purpose of this project is to provide enough supplies for the animals who don't have homes," Owen adds. "It is important that even if these animals can't be adopted that they are still loved. Each kit completed is two service hours for high school students."

Owen was extra motivated to develop the project since she's not able to have pets in her own home.

"Since I can't have animals at home because my brother gets very sick from pets, I feel this is my way of giving back since I can't care for one in my own home," she adds. "When shelters get so filled up, the supplies can get low and a shortage starts. The main reason why I started this project is so it doesn't happen again."

Anyone is welcome to join the "Rescue Kits" project, which runs from now until July 1, 2020. Whether packing a kit or sending a donation, any help is appreciated by Owen. "You can get involved any time you want! Any donations matter, and you can make as many kits as you want!"

For more information, to schedule drop offs or Instacart delivery please contact Keely at 954-274-5372 or Patti at 330-957-6656