Fill the Red Truck Donation Drive
This year, we encourage you to stay home, be safe, and donate online! You can help Fill The Red Truck from home by making a monetary contribution, or ordering food and supplies to be shipped directly to the shelter through our Amazon Wish List.
With the food and supplies generously donated during May’s Fill the Red Truck supply drive, we have established a temporary pet food pantry for anyone in need of help providing for their pet due to recent financial hardship. If you or someone you know is in need of help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keeping pets in their homes where they belong and reducing shelter intake will remain part of our mission as long as needed.
Please help us keep the pantry going by donating online or by visiting the shelter (127 Humane Lane) to contribute. We hope to be able to offer this community assistance as long as necessary during the COVID-19 crisis.
Items NeededCanned and dry food (dog and cat), cat litter, bleach and cleaning supplies, leashes, collars, crates and carriers, toys, towels, blankets, and beds as well as monetary contributions.
How it All Started
Started in 2009 by Shandon resident Carolyn McKenzie and six of her closest friends, the Fill The Red Truck event has been hosted at the corner of Heyward and Holly Streets annually to help fill the supply needs of the City of Columbia shelter through the busy spring months. The friends, who call themselves “Paws and Purrls,” gather in the front yard of McKenzie’s home for a weekend of socializing and fundraising, and all neighbors are welcome to stop by to enjoy the fun or lend a hand. The Animal Mission is truly grateful for this hardworking team and the effort they put into supporting us each May.
Over the last 12 years, the group has been responsible for collecting:
- 12,500 pounds of dry dog food
- 4,600 pounds of dry cat food
- 2,400 pounds of cat litter
- 3,050 cans of canned cat food
- 1,650 cans of canned dog food
- 785 gallons of bleach and cleaning products
- 1,550 rolls of paper towels
- 70 crates/pet carriers
- countless toys, leashes, collars, treats, blankets, towels and other supplies
- As well as more than $27,000 in monetary donations.