Do It Duo for Pets, Inc Running for the Animals

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On Saturday, September 14, 2013, the Do It Duo for Pets, Inc held a 5K Charity Run powered by PetSmart to benefit the pets whose families are still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

"We will not stop until every animal is back home and safe from disaster," says Lucy.

On Saturday, September 14, 2013, the Do It Duo for Pets, Inc held a 5K Charity Run powered by PetSmart to benefit the pets whose families are still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy. The Do It Duo for Pets, Inc was started by two 11 year old girls, Alexandra Dompier and Lucy Miles. Since November 2012 these two dynamite girls have helped thousands of pets and their families. Delivering more than 4 tons of food and supplies directly to the pets in need, these two girls are continuing to grow their business. "I want to make the world a better place for the animals," says Alex, co-founder and Director. The girls have, also, delivered to the victims of the Oklahoma Tornadoes in the spring of 2013, the pets affected by the fire on the boardwalk in Seaside Park, NJ and they are currently collecting to provide relief to the pets displaced by the severe flooding in Colorado.

Becoming incorporated in March, they have filed for 501c3 status with the IRS so that they can continue their mission: distributing food and supplies to domestic animals and assisting shelters who are housing displaced and surrendered pets during disaster recovery; providing to pet food pantries; delivering food and supplies to shelters and families so that domestic animals will be taken care of while their families recover and rebuild; educating the public about adoption, rescue and the need for spaying, neutering and micro-chipping; providing disaster relief, educating, advocating and promoting healthy relationships with pets.

The 5K run had over 150 participants. The event’s motto "We Care; We Remember" helped remind everyone involved that although the media attention has shifted, there are still many families still struggling to recover from this horrific storm. Corporate sponsors, in addition to PetSmart of West New Jersey, included Zinna’s Bistro, Cranbury, NJ; Johnson & Johnson; The Hillman Group; NJSPCA; Salvation Army New Jersey Division; Vince Immordino, DMD, Hamilton, NJ; Double Exposure Photography, Hamilton, NJ; Blue Buffalo; Playtime Party; CVS and Jersey Mike’s. Some of the participants brought their leashed pets to take part in this event. "It was absolutely one of the best events that I have ever been a part of", stated Marco Jurjevich, Manager PetSmart, Monmouth Junction, who helped organize the event. Gold, silver and bronze "paws" were given to top finishers. And every participant received a logo dog tag at the finish line. The event helped to raise over $15,000, which will be used to provide veterinary care to the "Sandy" pets.

Alex and Lucy are excited for the future of their company "We will not stop until every animal is back home and safe from disaster," says Lucy, also co-founder and Director. Their passion to help animals in disaster is infectious. Their siblings, Hannah Miles, Millie Miles, Dane Dompier, and Callie Dompier, are always willing to help knowing that the pets are the benefactors of their efforts. "I love playing with animals and going to new places with my sister and Lucy," Callie explains. This Duo has a future of success and animals everywhere are giving high paws their efforts.

To find out more about the Do It Duo for Pets, Inc., to donate and to follow them on their journey check out their website (doitduoforpets.com), "like" them on Facebook (DoItDuoForPets) or find them on Instagram (doitduoforpets).

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