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Ridgefield Memorial High School Students Got All Wrapped-up For Companion Animal Advocates

Companion Animal Advocates (CAA) recently received a generous donation of pet food from the students of the STRIVE program at Ridgefield Memorial High School.  A car-load of food, treats and other gifts were donated by the group and dispersed to the Center for Food Action locations in Mahwah and Elmwood Park as well as Social Service Association of Ridgewood and Vicinity through CAA’s Operation Feed-A-Pet program. 


The STRIVE program at Ridgefield Memorial High School focuses on everyday life functioning skills. As a holiday fundraising benefit, the students decided to raise money for Companion Animal Advocates by having a  "wrap-a-thon" in the classroom. With the money raised from staff and faculty bringing in their gifts to be wrapped by the students, the students then purchased dog and cat food to help those who are having trouble feeding their family pets this season. As a life skills assignment, the class also called to receive the $2 coupon for Purina, which they also donated to the organization.


“We are so proud of these students and the hard work and dedication that they provided to CAA and its mission to keep pets with their families,” said Christine McIndoe, Vice President of Companion Animal Advocates.  “In this day and age, so many people are struggling and doing without.  Many of them have pets and are trying not to surrender them to a shelter.  This is where CAA comes in and tries to make life a little easier by providing the nutritious food that the pets need, therefore, eliminating the financial burden on these families,” she continued. 


Please visit our Web site, www.CompanionAnimalAdvocates.org, for more details on how you can raise funds or host a pet food drive for Companion Animal Advocates or simply sign up for our newsletter.  Please call  (201) 706-7666 with any questions.

About Companion Animal Advocates:

Companion Animal Advocates (CAA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Bergen County, NJ. CAA is dedicated to the welfare of companion animals within our community through programs designed to keep pets in their homes and reduce pet overpopulation. For more information on Companion Animal Advocates or how you can help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (201) 706-7666. Please visit our Web site www.CompanionAnimalAdvocates.org to sign up for our newsletter.