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RICHMOND - Carol Terranovaâ€™s beloved Yellow Lab Maggie was a rescue dog. While the pair spent many happy days together, Maggie passed away in December, 2011.
However, Terranova has ensured that Maggieâ€™s name will live on, and her legacy will be one of charity and good will. She runs Maggieâ€™s Pet Pantry, a supply shed intended to help those who have trouble caring for their pets during trying economic times.
Maggieâ€™s Pet Pantry was conceived a little over a year ago, and in that time frame has grown into a community service venture that many local pet owners rely on.
â€śWe are helping about 50 people per week,â€ť said Terranova. â€śWe have dog food, cat food, toys, snacks, treats, some people have even donated leashes and collars, just about everything.â€ť
Located at 51 Buttonwood Road, the pantry is in the immediate vicinity of the Richmond Animal Control headquarters, and the townâ€™s unofficial doggie park. It is a small brown shed with the face of a dog on a flag waiving in the wind.
The supplies within the shed are all individual donations. Terranova not only wants to spread the word of the pantry to those in need of assistance when it comes to pet care, but also those who may be interested in helping out the cause and donating supplies. Some in the community have already stepped up and made contributions.
Terranova said that a local Eagle Scout has not only started food drives to help the pantry, but even built a small fence outside of it. Also, Agway of Westerly has donated samples of pet food to the pantry for distribution.
â€śThereâ€™s a lot of people in the community that havenâ€™t heard of us, but we can help,â€ť she said. â€śWe have already had people come from Providence, from Cranston and even Connecticut.â€ť
The pantry operates from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 3 - 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. All food pick-ups and donations are encouraged to be handled during these times. However, if the times are inconvenient, the pantry can be reached by email at email@example.com.
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