The Meat House matched $400 in customer donations raised over the past week of its third annual Dog Days of Winter event to help prevent animal cruelty.
On Monday, Avon General Store Manager Matt Cormier and colleague Ellen Bellicchi presented an $800 check to Laura Blakely of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Monroe.
For the past three years of the Dog Days of Winter, The Meat House in Avon has given out free dog food samples and bones to customers.
"We at The Meat House are dog lovers. Many of us who work at The Meat House are dog owners and most of our guests are dog lovers and owners too," the Avon business said in a statement to Patch. "Dogs are part of our families and we love to hear stories from our guests about their furry friends."
This year, The Meat House decided to make fundraising for SPCA a part of it.
"They are a humane, no kill organization, strong advocates of animal protection," The Meat House said in the statement.
The timing of the donation was essential in the aftermath of the February blizzard. Rocío Olivares, marketing coordinator at The Meat House, said in an email to Patch that SPCA's "biggest unexpected need came from rescuing so many animals after the blizzard and facing the financial challenges of caring for them."
"They were very grateful for our donation," Olivares said.
To read The Meat House's announcement on Patch about the fundraiser, click on the link provided.