Dori Villalon and Purina join forces to help pets in need 

The vice president of the San Francisco SPCA has more than 20 years of animal-sheltering experience. She’s serving as regional spokeswoman for the Purina One mobile unit.

What is the Tour for Heroes? More than 63,000 pounds of Purina One dog and cat food — equaling 11,000 bags of food — will be given out to help pets in need. Each stop will feature adoptable dogs and cats from area shelters.

How are pets affected by the economy? We want to help pets in need, and by assisting their owners who may need a little extra help these days, we help their pets, too. Whether you’ve lost your job, have large veterinary or medical bills or are struggling to pay your mortgage, no one will be turned away at any of the Tour for Heroes events because we want to help save pets’ lives by helping people in need.

Why are you making a stop in San Francisco? Serving San Francisco for more 140 years, the San Francisco SPCA is a nonprofit organization that operates an adoption center for homeless animals, a spay/neuter clinic and a full-service veterinary hospital. We are the only hospital that offers subsidized medical care and pet sterilization to low-income families.

Where is your next stop? After the events at San Francisco SPCA on Feb. 3 and ARF in Walnut Creek on Feb. 4, the Purina One Tour of Heroes will be heading south, and over the course of the month [it will] eventually travel all the way to the New York City area.

 

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