Throughout all of June, two southern Scottsdale apartment communities joined 23 others throughout the Valley to collect over $3,000 worth of donations for HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix.
“We filled up the entire HALO van with donations,” said Kristina Rauscher, spokeswoman for P.B. Bell, a southern Scottsdale-based multifamily development, management and acquisition company that owns the apartment communities and hosted the pet drive.
The two apartment communities in Scottsdale included Miramonte on McDonald Drive and Hayden Road and Morningside at Scottsdale Ranch at Shea Boulevard and Via Linda.
Donations included dog and cat food, crates, treats, toys, pet beds, gift cards and other items that were on HALO’s wish list.
P.B. Bell has a designated Culture Club that plans activities and events throughout the year for the corporate and on-site teams.
“Our CEO, Chapin Bell, instills in us that in our business it is not about the buildings; it is about the people,” Rauscher said. “It is important that we give back to those in our local communities.”
This particular pet drive was a first-time event for the Culture Club.
“This donation drive was a great opportunity to get our entire company to come together along with our residents to really make a difference in our local community,” Rauscher said.
Rauscher said the P.B. Bell team was overwhelmed by the generosity of both employees and residents.
“Since it was a first-time event, we really didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “Our communities got creative and created unique donation bins to help promote the drive at their locations.”
HALO was thrilled to find out P.B. Bell was hosting this drive specifically for the shelter.
“We were in need of certain items as we were low, so this was very beneficial,” said Erin Denmark, HALO Animal Rescue outreach manager.
Denmark said the donated toys will help volunteers and staff socialize with the pets.
“The treats help us teach them new tricks. Beds, towels and blankets get holes or ripped up over time so it’s really nice to replace them with new ones. Same with the carriers they donated —we go through so many everyday items like these, it’s great when the community gives back,” Denmark said.
Currently, HALO has about 100 dogs and cats total available for adoption, and for International Dog Day, which takes place on Aug. 26, the shelter will promote all available dogs on social media.
Further, HALO is celebrating Helping Animals Live On for 25 years this year, and they have been sponsored by Purina for the last 10 years.
“We are proud to say we have helped over 70,000 pets during this time, and we couldn’t do it without the support of the community, like P.B. Bell has done,” Denmark said.
Rauscher said they hope to make this pet donation drive an annual event for P.B. Bell.