Local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Kicks Off Movers for Mutts Drive to Help Shelter Animals in Need

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Animal Protection Society of Durham Partners with Local Moving Company for Six-Week Collection Drive and Donation Push

Brooke Wilson with an APS of Durham Shelter Dog

As a dog owner myself, the Movers for Mutts campaign is near and dear to my heart. We're thrilled to partner with APS of Durham and look forward to helping them collect much needed items and funds. - Brooke Wilson

Pets are considered an important part of any family, but many potential pets are stray animals forced to rely on the support of local animal shelters like the Animal Protection Society (APS) of Durham. Many of these shelters, including the APS of Durham, are non-profit organizations that could use the community’s support securing adequate amounts of food, toys and everyday living essentials for the 200 or more animals in their care on a daily basis.

Sadly, this is no isolated problem. Eye opening statistics from the ASPCA reveal that approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized and about twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.

So, this fall, in honor of October’s National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, our Triangle-based TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations are stepping up to raise awareness, encourage adoptions and collect financial gifts/donated items for the APS of Durham during the annual Movers for Mutts campaign.

According to Brooke Wilson, local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® owner and dog mom of three, her team is excited to build upon the success generated by the 2015 Movers for Mutts campaign.

“As a dog owner myself, this is a campaign near and dear to my heart,” said Wilson. “In 2015, we were able to raise more than $14,000 for the APS of Durham through Movers for Mutts and we are eager to top that number in 2016, starting with a donation match of up the $5,000. We’re extending the reach of Movers for Mutts this year by establishing local collection sites and sponsoring multiple dog-friendly events and a Movers for Mutts Adoption Day at APS of Durham. We’re bringing back Facebook contests, football ticket giveaways, and the ever popular Battle for the Blue Bone Challenge, a fundraising contest between UNC and Duke fans. We’re thrilled to partner with the APS of Durham and look forward to helping them collect much needed items and funds.”

The Triangle-based Movers for Mutts Campaign (October 1 – November 19, 2016):

In order to drive awareness for their partnership with APS of Durham and encourage adoptions, contributions and gifts, Triangle-based TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations will launch multiple Facebook contests, football ticket giveaways, host an adoption event, organize local collection sites, sponsor two Barktoberfest events, and conduct the second annual Battle for the Blue Bone Challenge, a donation drive at select Duke and UNC football games.

All local residents are encouraged to make online Movers for Mutts donations at any time over the next six weeks at the following link – Movers for Mutts Matching Gift Campaign. Every dollar donated will be matched up to a total of $5000, donated by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Donations at the $50 level or more will receive a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® dog collar as a thank you gift during the Movers for Mutts campaign. Outside of that, here are the details behind each component and instructions for any local resident interested in participating.

Facebook Giveaways: Track ALL of the Movers for Mutts action over the next six weeks by liking the local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® RDU Facebook page and tracking all posts with the #moversformutts. Stay tuned as the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team will launch a series of Facebook giveaways that will include tickets to upcoming college football games.

Movers for Mutts Adoption Day, Saturday, October 15, 10am – 4pm: Adoption fees for dogs during the month of October have been reduced from $125 to $75 at the Animal Protection Society of Durham. Adoption fees include spay or neutering, microchip, vaccinations, a heartworm test, and a free veterinary visit at participating clinics. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® invites you to Fill the Truck at APS of Durham with donations from 10am – 2pm. On Movers for Mutts Adoption Day, all dogs will receive a free TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® dog collar as a free gift.

Local Movers for Mutts Collection Sites: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® with multiple local partners to make it easy for Triangle residents to contribute to the cause. Local residents are encouraged to drop of necessary items, such as towels, blankets, dog/cat food, bleach, toys, etc. at any of the following collection sites:

  • Animal Protection Society of Durham – 2117 E. Club Blvd, #101, Durham, NC 27704
  • Broadway Veterinary Hospital – 205 Broadway St., Durham, NC, 27701
  • Cornwallis Road Animal Hospital – 206 W Cornwallis Rd, Durham, NC 27707
  • North Paw Animal Hospital – 5106 Guess Road, Durham, NC 27712
  • Westside Veterinary Hospital - 3653 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705
  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Durham – 1816 S. Briggs Ave., Durham, NC 27703

BarktoberFest Events: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a Silver Paw sponsor for the Durham Barktoberfest on October 16th at Rock Quarry Park (701 Stadium Drive) and Two Wag sponsor for the Barktoberfest on October 29th hosted by the Coalition to Un-Chain Dogs in Durham’s Central Park (501 Foster Street). All pet owners are encouraged to stop by to take home their very own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® bandana!

UNC/Duke Football Donation Drives: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and APS of Durham will host Movers for Mutts donation stations at the following local football games:

  • Georgia Tech v. UNC (Saturday, November 5th – game time TBD)
  • Duke v. UNC (Thursday, November 10th – 7:30PM game time)

All local residents attending these games are encouraged to stop by the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® sponsor tent to make their donation, drop off items and learn more about Movers for Mutts.

Battle for the Blue Bone Challenge: And yes - TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is bringing back the famous Battle for the Blue Bone Challenge during the Duke v. UNC football game on November 10th. As the Blue Devils and Tar Heels battle for the bell on the gridiron, alumni/students/fans of both schools will battle to take home the Blue Bone Trophy. The rules are simple – the fan base that donates the most money to APS of Durham before kickoff will take home the trophy…and the fan who makes the largest individual donation will take home FOUR tickets to the UNC v. Duke basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday, February 9, 2017!

To make a financial donation directly from your computer of mobile device, please visit http://www.apsofdurham.org/donate-to-the-annual-fund/ or Movers for Mutts Matching Gift Campaign.

For additional information about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and Movers for Mutts, please visit https://twomenandatruck.com/locations/nc/durham.

About TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Triangle locations include Durham and Raleigh - twomenandatruckdurham.com

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the largest franchised moving company both in the United States and internationally. Currently there are 330 national locations and 2,534 trucks operating in the U.S.; in total, the company operates more than 350 locations and 2,600 trucks. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has performed more than 5.5 million moves since its inception in 1985. The company has seen consistent monthly growth dating back to December 2009 and more than 57 consecutive months of record growth. Each location is independently owned and operated. For franchising opportunities, visit franchise.twomenandatruck.com.

About APS of Durham

The Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been helping animals in our community since 1970, and has managed the Durham County Animal Shelter since 1990. APS relies on donations from caring individuals and corporations to feed, shelter and provide medical attention for the nearly 6,000 stray, surrendered, abandoned, abused and neglected animals we care for each year. For more information on APS of Durham, please visit apsofdurham.org/.

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