Hampton 5th grader donates pet toys to local animal shelter


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A fifth grader from Hampton donated pet toys to the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter (PRAS) this past weekend.

Connor Shepherd, 10, brought the toys to the shelter, knowing it is one of the largest open-access shelters in the area.

Connor and his family have already donated used blankets to the shelter, but he also wanted the animals to have toys.

The fifth-grade student wrote letters to four different pet stores in the area asking if they would be willing to make donations to help pets in need at PRAS.

In his letters he wrote: “If the animals were given toys, they would be so happy.

He went on to say that “if they have toys, it would help the time pass for them…Instead of waiting to be walked, fed or visited, they could have fun with their new toys!”

The Newport News Pet Smart responded to Connor and provided enough donations that he and his family had to make two trips to transport the supplies.

Before bringing the donations to PRAS, Connor organized and sorted the supplies by species and then by items, including beds, clothing, toys and accessories.

The shelter is extremely grateful to Connor, his family and the Newport News Pet Smart not only for their support, but also for the happiness they have brought to shelter residents and their future families.

To learn more about the Peninsula Regional Shelter and to find out how you can donate items or adopt a dog, cat or pet, Click here.


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