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Purina donates $30,000 to St. Croix Animal Friends

In this photo, from left: Diana Neubarth, Judy Webster, St. Croix Animal Friends Board of Directors, and Gina Leonard, Audrey Matzek, Troy Kemmerer, Sandy Crull-Deschand and Kip Stevenson from Nestlé Purina (Submitted photo).

St. Croix Animal Friends President Diana Neubarth announced this week that the organization has received a $30,000 capital donation from Nestlé Purina in support of the ongoing effort to build the St. Croix Animal Friends Humane Society Adoption and Education Center in St. Croix County.

The donation marks a significant milestone along the way to raising the capital funding needed for the 501(c)(3)’s facility. The donation will allow Nestlé Purina naming rights for two of the future shelter canine and feline rooms.

“We wish to extend a sincere thank you to Nestlé Purina for this amazing donation,” Neubarth said. “Over the years, hundreds of animals will benefit from the comfort and safety of these rooms, while they await their forever home. Nestlé Purina’s commitment to responsible pet ownership, humane education, community involvement and a loving and positive bond between people and their pet’s coincides directly with the mission of St. Croix Animal Friends.”

Neubarth and the St. Croix Animal Friends board of directors hope that Nestlé Purina’s donation will encourage others to match their gift, thus expediting the construction of the new shelter.

Kip Stevenson, Factory Manager at Nestlé Purina’s Hager City manufacturing facility added: “We are happy to support St. Croix Animal Friends monthly with pet food and litter, in addition to being able to grant this donation. Their expansion will go a long way to provide needed services and support to pets in the St. Croix area.”

Nestlé Purina is committed to serving the needs for the communities where they operate, with a primary focus on organizations that support the well-being of pets and the people who love them, the company said in a news release. Annually, Purina supports more than 900 animal welfare organizations across the U.S. through monetary and pet food donations, according to the company.

In addition to St. Croix Animal Friends’ main goal of building the Humane Society Adoption and Education Center on their property owned in Roberts, the organization actively works to help animals in need by offering animal service programs such as low cost spay/neuter, foster care, food assistance and emergency medical assistance.

For more information on St. Croix Animal Friends, please visit the web site at or contact them at St. Croix Animal Friends, P.O. Box 1169, Hudson, 54016 or by phone at (715) 749-3763.