Local PetSmart Store Donates Carts Full of Supplies to Local Animal Shelter after Ten-Year-Old’s Inspiring Letter

Ten-year-old Connor Shepherd decided to use his school assignment to help local animals in need. After being assigned a persuasive letter in class, Connor chose to write to his local PetSmart store to ask for a donation of pet supplies for the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter.

In his letter to PetSmart, Connor wrote, “If someone goes to the shelter and sees one sad dog and one happy dog, the chances of them getting the happy dog is way higher.” Connor hoped a donation from PetSmart would make each dog a happy dog, ultimately helping them find their forever homes.

“Connor’s letter touched our hearts and our team was pleased to be in a position to help,” said Laura, store manager at the PetSmart store in Newport News, Va., that received the letter. The store donated two full cars of products to the shelter, including leashes, collars, food, beds, treats and toys.

Connor and his mom said they were expecting a little bag of toys but were thrilled to see PetSmart offered cars of donations instead. The shelter was able to use PetSmart’s donations to create 30 Adoption Care Bags for pet parents who adopted from the shelter, surely turning a few sad dogs into happy ones.