Valley Bank "Jingle Paws" donations will help animals at RDC

The Riverside Discovery Center uses enrichment items for their animals throughout the year which helps the animals keep active and stimulated. The items are chewed, pulled, stomped and sometimes destroyed.

The "Jingle Paws" program collects enrichment items during the holidays through local donations. In addition to the large supply of public donations received, each year Valley Bank & Trust employees hold a competition to see which team can collect the most items. Operations Officer Michael Gillen says the winning team from the bank collected 436 items, but the entire load from the bank was about double that, and barely fit into two mini-vans. Gillen says they collected over 800 items total for the Jingle Paws drive.

Riverside Discovery Center executive director Anne James says toys and snacks alleviate stress and make the animals happy. James says enrichment can be anything from special treats they get on occasion, or toys to play with on a daily basis to alleviate boredom.

Items donated included balls, perfume, peanut butter, kong toys, rope toys, oat meal and other cereals, and more.

James said the donations received through Jingle Paws should last around 6 months. Donations are accepted year round for the animals, however. And James says anyone wanting more information about donating should contact the RDC at 308-630-6236.

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