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Posted on: January 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Southern States Cooperative donates 7,500 pounds of pet food to Orange County Animal Shelter


Santa and his reindeer may be in the past, but there is one more large delivery to Orange County Animal Services this week as Southern States Cooperative and its customers continue the giving spirit. Furry friends at the shelter will have a great start to the new year and beyond. thanks to a significant donation of dog food from Southern States. The Richmond-based agricultural company is donating 7,500 pounds of pet food to Orange County Animal Services to help ring in the new year.

Puppy Paw campaign nets big results

The donation is a result of the annual Puppy Paw Campaign held at participating Southern States retail locations. The Puppy Paw Campaign encourages customers to contribute a $1 donation to the pet food campaign. For each Puppy Pal Paw purchased, Southern States makes a matching donation.  Each participating Southern States retail location donates its contributions to the local charity of its choice. The Richmond SPCA was chosen as the recipient of this year’s donation.

“Wow!” says Bob Marotto, Animal Services Director for Orange County. “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Southern States and their customers. This donation will be essential in helping provide suitable nutrition for the animals in our care. We are beyond grateful.”

Rodney White, Store Manager of Southern States, says, “We are happy to partner with the Orange County Animal Shelter. They are one of our customers, and we have a long-standing partnership with them. We are thankful to our customers for their caring generosity in helping us provide this contribution to an organization that does so much good within our community.”

Presentation of the donation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Orange County Animal Services located at 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

Southern States offers a wide range of foods from a plethora of well-known brands. The Southern States selection offers choices that will meet the nutritional needs of nearly any type of pet.  In addition, the retailer offers many other necessary pet supplies and expert advice to help customers choose the items just right for that special pet.

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About Southern States Cooperative

Southern States Cooperative is a Richmond, Va.-based farm supply retailer and service cooperative. As one of the nation’s largest agricultural cooperatives, it provides a wide range of farm inputs including fertilizer, seed, livestock feed, pet food, animal health supplies and petroleum products, as well as other items for the farm and home. Founded in 1923, the cooperative is owned by more than 200,000 farmer-members and serves its members and non-member customers through 1,200 retail outlets in 21 states. For more information, visit

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