Man's best friend will benefit from generosity

ORANGE - The sign in the front window reads; ‘Pets welcome, bring your owners on a leash'. And that is just what man's best friend does at the Boston Post Road super pet store. But the owners want to do more than just make the four legged friends they serve happy in the comfort of their homes. They plan to give back to the community that has supported them by supporting the volunteer organization that helps the abandoned and stray animals who end up in the municipal shelter.

Giving back to ones community is what we all hope to be able to do at some point in our lives. For Woodbridge residents Per and Sheri Trellevik, it is something they have been planning to do and are now in the position to.

Owners of Pet Supplies Plus, the couple has recently made arrangements with the animal volunteer organization, District Animal Control Volunteer Organization (DACVO) to donate needed items to them on a quarterly basis. This amounts to about $2000 annually. The volunteers work with the municipal animal shelter which serves Bethany, Orange, Prospect and Woodbridge.

When asked why they were now beginning to give back Sheri explained that the timing was right.

"Our store is now four years old and doing well. We have been concentrating on the store and now feel we can begin to concentrate on the community," she said.

Trellevik is talking not just about the generous contributions to the volunteer organization but working with the group promoting education such as being knowledgeable about the breed of dog chosen, that there are animal shelters with wonderful pets waiting for a second chance.

Events Coordinator for Pet Supplies Plus, Karen Candelli who has been with the six store organization for four years said she is glad the Woodbridge owners are getting more involved in the community they serve.

"Pet Supplies Plus community involvement will benefit everyone, the animal shelter, the store and most importantly the animals," Candelli said.

Upcoming events Pet Supplies Plus will be participating in include; an April 8 Easter bunny photo shoot, May 6 and 7 Pet Adoptathon taking place at the municipal animal shelter located at 135 Bradley Road in Woodbridge and July 22 rescue group fair.

The Pet Adoptathon in May is part of a national awareness weekend for homeless pets. Pet Supplies Plus will be in attendance along with a large variety of rescue groups invited by DACVO. Pet Supplies Plus will have a table, with knowledgeable staff to assist new adopters with needed items for their new best friends. They will also receive a substantial discount, Candelli said.

In addition, the Trellevik's are in the process of developing a coupon for the Bradley Road shelter to hand out to new adopters when they take home a new best friend.