Bonnie Erwin of ERA Henley Real Estate has volunteered with the Humane Society of Faulkner County for years and brought the organization’s need for pet food to the attention of her co-workers.
"Our family pets, Koda and Mia, are former rescue dogs from the Humane Society, so I have a special appreciation for the work this organization does," Erwin said. "Until the rescued animals are placed in a permanent home they are housed with volunteers. Sometimes the financial circumstances of the volunteers change and they find themselves unable to provide pet food for the animals in their care. The Humane Society can provide food if and when they have food donations."
When ERA Henley Real Estate learned the Humane Society of Faulkner County was in need of quality pet food, ERA Henley Real Estate agents contacted their clients and contacts through social media, emails and word of mouth to share the need.
A pet food drive was organized for Jan. 22 and 23. For two days community members arrived at the front door of the ERA Henley office carrying bags of pet food, large and small. Donations were made for both dogs and cats, and by the end of the workday on Jan. 23 more than 650 pounds of pet food had been collected.
Braving the cold wind, Humane Society Volunteer Judi Standridge arrived at the ERA office to pick up the pet food donations for distribution to the volunteers who are housing pets. Standridge was happily surprised by the amount of pet food collected.
"The Humane Society is thrilled to have these donations right now when our need is so great," she said. "I am so grateful to Bonnie for sharing our need with ERA Henley Real Estate and thankful for all the community members who participated in the Pet Food Drive."
Giving back to the community is a key part of the vision of ERA Henley Real Estate Owners Mark and Tracy Tidwell.
"The pet food drive was the first community event for our office in 2014," Mark said. "It was great to see the community and our agents come together to help meet the pet food needs of the Humane Society. Many of our clients have special pets that they share a home with and some of those pets were found through the Humane Society."