PHILADELPHIA, March 18, 2010 – – Pennsylvania State Senator Larry Farnese and the Pennsylvania SPCA today announced the first “Have a Heart for the Animals” blanket and towel collection drive.

“I am pleased to partner with Pennsylvania SPCA CEO Sue Cosby,” said Senator Larry Farnese. “Warm blankets and towels will mean so much to the dogs, cats and other animals who are waiting to be adopted. The need is especially great right now, and we urge everyone to recycle their clean, unneeded blankets and towels by donating them for the warmth and comfort of homeless animals.”

“We are very grateful to Senator Farnese for spearheading this blanket donation drive,” said Pennsylvania SPCA CEO Sue Cosby. “The generosity of the Senator and animal lovers across Philadelphia will make a genuine difference in the lives of hundreds of animals as they wait in our shelters for their forever homes.”

Since 1867, the Pennsylvania SPCA, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization headquartered in Philadelphia, has been dedicated to rescuing animals from abuse and neglect, providing lifesaving care and treatment, and reducing pet-overpopulation through low-cost spay-and-neuter clinics. Each year, thousands of animals find their way to the shelters at the Pennsylvania SPCA and the Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT). Last year, more than 9,000 animals were adopted into loving homes and an additional 11,000 were placed in foster care or with rescue groups. On any given day, there are hundreds of animals available for adoption just waiting to find their forever home.

People who would like to help the animals can bring washable clean new or unneeded blankets and towels to the senator’s district office, located at 1802 S. Broad St. in South Philadelphia. The items will be donated to the Pennsylvania SPCA headquarters at 350 E. Erie Ave.

“Animals are among the most vulnerable members of our society,” said Senator Farnese. “They give us so much and ask for so little in return. This is the least we can do, and they deserve it.”

Blankets and towels can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Office of State Sen. Larry Farnese, 1802 South Broad St.
  • 110over70 at the Marine Club, 1100 South Broad St.
  • Lingerie Boutique, 1810 E. Passyunk Ave.

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