Thursday, December 18, 2014

No bones about it: 80,000 pounds of kitty litter aids shelter

By ABBY ECKEL, Herald Staff Writer | 6/12/2013

The Prairie Paws Animal Shelter recently received 80,000 pounds of kitty litter, Sarah Bones said.

Though Bones is the part-time fundraising/community relations coordinator at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, 3173 K-68, she said it was a connection through her other job that made the donation possible.

The Prairie Paws Animal Shelter recently received 80,000 pounds of kitty litter, Sarah Bones said.

Though Bones is the part-time fundraising/community relations coordinator at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, 3173 K-68, she said it was a connection through her other job that made the donation possible.

Bones’ family operates Bones Co., a company at 2643 Kingman Road, Ottawa, that hauls freight, rock, salt and other items, she said. As well as hauling, she said, the company has many relationships with various companies, one being A&M Products Inc. in Spring Hill.

“A&M does any Clorox products... and they make kitty litter,” she said. “... A lot of those big places do trial runs and if a box is broken, they can’t sell it. Their only option is to recycle or give it away. They have so many rescues or shelters asking them for donations, but nobody has the means to pick up massive amounts.”

Bones used trucks from her family company to haul the kitty litter, as well as asking the Ottawa Coop, 302 N. Main St., to borrow some of its van trailers, she said. Van trailers are trailers with an enclosed body used for hauling freight.

“[Bones Company] doesn’t have van trailers,” she said. “That’s why the coop was very good to us and helped us out.”

Once the trucks and van trailers were ready, 26 pallets of kitty litter — 84 boxes of kitty litter per pallet — were picked up from A&M Products and hauled back to Prairie Paws, Bones said. Not long after the first pick-up, A&M Products called Bones back and asked if Prairie Paws wanted more.

“[The second time] we picked up about 22 pallets of kitty litter,” she said. “The second truck load, the pallets were heavier, so there were about 40 bags per pallet. The bags were like 42-pound bags, compared to the boxes [from the first pick-up] at 27 pounds.”

Bones said she’s grateful Prairie Paws has the space to store such large amounts of kitty litter donations, but she wanted to share the donation with other animal shelters who might not have the space.

“We called the Lawrence Humane Society and they took some pallets, and we called Wayside Waifs [in Kansas City] and got our foot in the door with them and gave them pallets,” she said. “Any cat or kitten adoption, we’ve been giving them a box or bag of kitty litter.”

Because the shelters Prairie Paws donated to don’t have large storage areas, Bones said, whenever Wayside Waifs and the Lawrence Humane Society need more kitty litter, Prairie Paws would be happy to deliver more.

“[Prairie Paws] goes through about a pallet to two pallets every other month,” Bones said. “At [Prairie Paws] they have a huge barn and storage facility, and we’re blessed to have a nice facility.”

Prairie Paws is grateful for the large donation of kitty litter, Bones said, but there’s still supplies on the shelter’s wish list.

“[We don’t get] as much donations as what we would like, but we started doing on Facebook kind of a donation drive where we posted our wish list,” she said. “People are bringing in manila folders and tape, which you don’t think about, but they need that too.”

As well as setting up a wish list on the Prairie Paws Facebook site, Bones said she’s put together a wish list on www.amazon.com as well, in hopes of reaching people who prefer online shopping.

“Whenever they go and place an order [on www.amazon.com] they can place something off our wish list and they get it shipped right to us,” she said. “It’s easier than having to look up something then go to the store and take it to the shelter.”

Prairie Paws is getting ready to celebrate the third year of its doors being open later this month, Bones said. The celebration is set for noon to 4 p.m. June 23 with hot dogs and cake served from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the shelter off K-68.

“That’s why I set up the Amazon wish list,” she said. “Anybody that attends can bring something from our wish list as a gift.”

To donate to Prairie Paws Animal Shelter from the wish list on Amazon, go to www.amazon.com and search for Prairie Paws Animal Shelter. Check out Prairie Paws’ Facebook page as well to see the wish list, www.facebook.com/prairiepawsanimalshelter

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