The shelter will earn funding based on the amount of pairs collected through Funds2Orgs, an organization that specializes in fundraising with shoe drives, purchasing the donations. The funding received will benefit the shelter’s medical fund to help with surgeries and treatments for the animals.
Though the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter already spays and neuters its animals, a recent spike in funding has helped with additional treatments that weren’t always possible. Thomas Sahm, the shelter’s outreach coordinator, said the shelter is able to do more for its animals now.
“We’ve recently started treating things we didn’t previously treat, like heart worms, because now we have the extra funding,” Sahm said. “[Treatment] is based on the animal. We have a dog named Todd, who had a severe break that we were able to treat now because we have the funds. He’s a very adoptable animal.”
Funds2Orgs will repurpose the donated shoes by distributing them to the organization’s microenterprise partners in developing countries. The organization helps individuals to begin and maintain businesses in countries such as Honduras, Haiti and other countries in areas like Central America and Africa.
“Our event coordinator found Funds2Orgs and we thought the concept was really good,” Sahm said. “There’s not a set number [of donations], but at minimum, we want to collect 100 bags. Funds2Orgs is supposed to be giving us about 40 cents per pound, but really we’re just trying to get as much as we can.”
Gently worn, new or used shoes can be donated at the Metro Animal Shelter, Pet Supermarket or PetsMart. For more information, visit metroanimalshelter.org or call 205-752-9101.