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NFM Tractor Supply donates dog food

February 21, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The Tractor Supply store in North Fort Myers has donated 55 bags of pet food to feed dogs and cats in need of adoption as well as to support the Lee County Sheriff's Office cell dog program.

Adolfo Lopez, manager of the North Fort Myers Tractor Supply, said this is a contribution they have done every year since opening nearly three years ago at 5881 Bayshore Road.

"We want to help inmates out and help dogs get trained and help the find homes," Lopez said of the cell dog program. "Every time we do a pet food donation, we send it to the Sheriff's Office."

Lopez's brother works for the Sheriff's Office, which is how he learned about the program that matches shelter dogs with prisoners who then train them. He spoke with some people at the LCSO about the program and began to donate food.

The program is a partnership with the LCSO and Lee County Domestic Animals Services. It was started in 2004 by retired Capt. Thomas Weaver after he watched a TV show about cell dog programs.

Inmates are taught how to obedience train dogs in an intensive six- to eight-week course. Upon graduation, the dogs are highly adoptable and possess obedience skills. They are house and leash trained, and respond to voice commands and some hand signals.

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The program gives dogs a second chance at finding permanent homes, and gives inmates job skills in dog training and grooming and veterinary assistant skills.

Lopez said in addition to the pet food donation, Tractor Supply holds pet adoption events throughout the year, as well as fundraisers for schools and local 4-H groups. They have also helped Bayshore Fire Department buy gifts for children during the holidays.

"More often than not, animal shelters and rescues depend on food donations to support the pets they take in," Lopez said. "Our goal is to do our part in helping adoption efforts because we know that pets are more than just dogs and cats, they are family."

Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain with more than 1,650 stores in 49 states.

Visit or call the store at 567-3023 to learn more about working with Tractor Supply for pet adoption events.



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