Rockingham County Animal Shelter Receives Donation from Nestlé Purina

Yummmm! Thank you Nestlé Purina!

Rockingham County, NC (February 24, 2021) – Just months after announcing plans to expand its manufacturing operations in North Carolina, Nestlé Purina PetCare is supporting Rockingham County Animal Shelter by donating 100 pet shelter blankets and more than 3,700 pounds of dry dog food, wet cat food, and cat litter to nourish the animals cared for in the region.

“Each month, the Rockingham County Animal Shelter uses $1,200 in basic need items for the pets in the shelter,” stated Brittany Flynn, Rockingham County Animal Shelter Director. “We are always in need of cat litter, canned cat food, and dry dog food. This donation from Purina will definitely ease the financial burden we often have when caring for these sweet pets, especially as we move into our busy season.”

The Rockingham County Animal Shelter began operations in 2011 and has been busting at the seams since opening its doors. While much of its operating costs are covered through yearly budget provided by Rockingham County, the shelter relies heavily on community support and donations to care for the over 5,000 animals each year.

“At Purina, we are passionate about supporting the communities where we live and work and know that organizations like Rockingham County Animal Shelter are vital to bringing pets and people together,” said Will Steiner, Purina Factory Manager in Eden. “We are excited to continue making connections in Rockingham County and finding ways to positively impact the region.”

Renovations continue as Purina works to revitalize a former brewery in Eden, transforming it into an innovative, technically advanced pet food manufacturing facility scheduled to open in 2022. Plans call for Purina to invest $450 million to renovate the existing structure and produce leading dry dog and cat food brands, including Purina Pro Plan, Purina ONE and Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets. By 2024, Purina plans to employ more than 300 people at this location. To view and apply for positions at Purina’s new factory, please visit purinajobs.com/Eden. To receive alerts and updates on new available positions, visit purinajobs.com/NC.

For more information or questions, please contact Tara Martin, Economic Development Marketing Manager at tmartin@co.rockingham.nc.us.

###