GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— A company is stepping in to help the Kent County Animal Shelter reach its goal of helping pets.
Mindy Smith-Pierman organized a fundraiser to provide 70 ThunderShirts for shelter dogs. The ThunderShirt tightly wraps around dogs, providing extra comfort to animals normally scared during thunderstorms. Kent County Animal Shelter representatives say dogs are often come into the shelter skittish, either by nature or because of years of neglect and abuse. Storms usually increase anxiety in the dogs, prompting potential owners to shy away from choosing that particular pet.
Last week, Smith-Pierman’s fundraiser with Chow Hound and Pet Supplies Plus covered the cost of 55 ThunderShirts, 15 shy of her goal. But when the maker of ThunderShirts heard about the effort, it decided to donate the last 15 wraps.