PSI's Hungry Bowl

 Students and Local Pet Care Company Support Animal Rescue through PSI's Hungry Bowl 

"I am so proud of the efforts of all who participated, namely, the students' dedication to learning about pet advocacy, leadership, and community outreach"

Jill Merjeski 3 min read

Daniela Rodriguez Morales, student of American Heritage School; Jeselle Tortugo, of the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts; Dalton Everington, of Willian T. Dwyer High School; Riley McGary and Rebecca Ogliastri of Western High School has joined forces with local pet care company, Jill’s Next Door Dog Walking & Pet Services, LLC to support the Pet Sitter International’s Hungry Bowl. The Hungry Bowl is a pet food drive dedicated to serving the needs of animal shelters and rescue groups. The students and Jill's Next Door placed bins around their schools and communities to collected needed items and also shared Tricounty's Amazon wishlist so that people can donate remotely.

While planning the Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive, Jill recognized the power in numbers and instantly thought to partner with schools to increase awareness and donation poundage. Students were immediately drawn to helping animals, and were excited to be involved in such an impactful event; while also fulfilling their school's mandatory community service hours. 

"PSI's Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive is an extraordinary campaign to raise awareness and to garner support for animals that need homes. The goal of this event was not only to support Tricounty Animal Rescue, but to unite communities, children, and businesses in this local and nationwide cause. I am so proud of the efforts of all who participated, but would also like to highlight the students' hard work, while learning about pet advocacy, leadership, and community outreach," says Jill Merjeski, Owner of Jill's Next Door Dog Walking & Pet Services, LLC.

About PSI and the Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive

As part of an international effort spearheaded by Pet Sitters International (PSI), the Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive was created to collect pet food for local shelters and pet-rescue groups across the globe. Donations to animal shelters are incredibly important for providing pets in need with food, bedding, medical services, and loving, compassionate care. 

Daniela, Jeselle, Brandon, Rebecca and Jill’s Next Door has collected THOUSANDS of pounds of pet food and pet care items to donate to Tri-County Animal Rescue in Boca Raton, Florida. Tri-County Animal Rescue is a 100% No-Kill, 501(c)3, nonprofit animal shelter working to prevent the killing of over 170,000 unwanted pets in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties each year. 

Since this is both a pet food drop off AND an online event, the local and national community can continue to donate to Tricounty Animal Rescue through their Amazon Wishlist. Animal shelters and pet-rescue organizations across the country are in dire need of pet food and monetary donations for the coming year.

"PSI's Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive is an extraordinary campaign to raise awareness and to garner support for rescue animals. The goal was not only to support Tricounty Animal Rescue, but to unite communities, children, and businesses in this local and nationwide cause"

About American Heritage School seek to develop the full potential of each child to be an active, intelligent, creative, and contributing member of society through the embodiment of knowledge, integrity and compassion.

The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts will provide an outstanding arts-centered education, in concert with a strong academic program, for students with exceptional ability in communication arts, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts.

The mission of the About William T Dwyer High School is to educate, affirm, and inspire each student in an equity-embedded school system.

Western High School creates an environment where students are safe and feel that they are a part of a community. Their goal is to build trust with the students everyday by promoting and demonstrating respect, dignity and honesty. 

Jill’s Next Door is a multi-award winning professional dog walking and pet care service business serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Highland Beach, and other communities throughout South Florida.

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