Scott Poore of Mission, Kansas regularly volunteers in Kansas City-area animal shelters, and in doing so, he has seen first-hand the hard floors animals are forced to sleep on.
“I frequently see animals sleeping on cement floors, in metal kennels, or – if they’re lucky – sheets of newspaper,” Poore wrote.
Because of the hardships shelter animals face, he made it his mission to collect enough bath mats for every kennel in every shelter in Kansas, he told KSHB.
So, he started a GoFundMe on Oct. 9, and in just a few days he raised over $7,500 and IKEA donated $3,000, KSHB reported.
“Why stop now? This is such an amazing thing,” Poore told KSHB. “These homeless pets have very little to look forward to and a lot of them come from living on the streets. They deserve comfort. I want to grow this for Kansas, Missouri and maybe beyond.”
Poore is now hoping to raise enough money to buy mats for every shelter in the U.S. The bath mats, which he found at IKEA, are absorbent, easy to store and machine washable.
“Many of these animals have spent their lives on the street, fighting to stay alive,” Poore wrote on his GoFundMe page. “How wonderful would it be if, upon entering a shelter, these animals could have a nice, comfy bed to sleep in while they wait for their furever home?”
In one month, he has raised $16,515 from 401 people.
On Monday, KSHB reported that Poore donated 1,000 mats to three shelters, including the Great Plains SPCA in Mission.
“That means 1,000 pets will be sleeping on a brand-new bed tonight and that is what it’s all about,” Poore told KSHB.
Kriste Everett, director of foster care at Great Plains SPCA, told KSHB that it is amazing that the animals will now have a comfortable spot to call their own.
To donate to Poore’s campaign, visit https://www.gofundme.com/4jwyoaw/.
“Every homeless pet deserves a comfortable bed and I’d like your help to provide that to them,” he wrote on his GoFundMe page.
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