James City County PetSmart donates 25,000 items to area pet shelters

Staff writer

Area pet shelter representatives presented Laura Moreau, manager of the Monticello Avenue PetSmart, with a certificate commemorating the store’s donation of more than 25,000 pet toys, beds and food to shelters during the past nine months.

The certificate was presented by Bob Tubbs, organizer of Williamsburg Have Bins, a local organization that works with area businesses to set up donation bins for local nonprofits including Heritage Humane Society, Lackey Clinic and FISH Food Bank.

Store employees began collecting pet food, beds, treats and harnesses for donation nine months ago, all of which have since gone out to local shelters including the Heritage Humane Society, Taste of Heaven Sanctuary, Homes Fur Hounds and Pawsitively Precious.

PetSmart customers could choose to donate food, litter or toys to the local shelters at check-out, which were then added to their purchases and placed in donation bins for distribution at the four local organizations.

“The store’s staff has embraced the project,” Moreau said. “They have made it into a little competition among themselves and it’s gratifying for all of us to know we are helping so many animals and the people who advocate for them.”

Homes Fur Hounds president Deanna Cosby said the donated items are a great help for first-time dog owners who can’t always afford all the equipment necessary for taking care of a new pet.

“Recently, a couple just adopted a dog who had never had a dog before,” she said. “Financially, they could afford the dog but everything else was going to be an expense, but I was able to give them one of the leashes, collars and beds that we got donated from Petsmart, so it really helps us a lot.”

Toano-based insulation contractor The Drying Co./ThermalTec was recently recognized by the National Association of Home Builders in its 2018 NAHB/Builders Mutual Insurance Company Safety Awards for Excellence.

The contractor took home the first-place Remodeler Safety Program of the Year award for a company of less than 50 employees. The awards program recognizes companies in the home-building industry that make significant strides to promote safety.

The company has serviced more than 10,000 homes, hospitals, schools and businesses from Richmond to Greater Williamsburg and across Hampton Roads, according to a James City County news release. While the company specializes in commercial and residential home restoration and energy saving services, other services include installing insulation, weatherizing homes and waterproofing basements.

“I am so proud of the entire Drying Company team for their commitment to safety,” Drying Co./ThermalTec owner Steve Tetreault said in the release. “We train and talk about safety often, but it is the commitment and effort of each individual on our team that creates a safe work environment.”

SAFE Award winners will be recognized at the 2019 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas next month, according to the NAHB website. For more information about The Drying Co./ThermalTec, visit thedryingco.com.

Comber Physical Therapy and Fusion Chiropractic, a local rehabilitation service offering physical therapy, massage therapy and chiropractic care, recently launched a new chair-based class in its Rock Steady Boxing Williamsburg program.

Rock Steady Boxing is an exercise program that incorporates non-contact, boxing-style training for people living with Parkinson’s disease. Workouts are aimed at improving balance, movement speed, flexibility, gait mechanics, emotional state and speech, according to a news release.

Trainers launched a new chair-based class earlier this month for Parkinson’s patients who are unable to participate in the existing standing classes. The class allows Parkinson’s patients to take part in modified chair-based exercises of low to moderate intensity, according to the release.

Modified chair classes are held at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Friday. For more details, email program director Rachael Carter at Williamsburg@RSBaffiliate.com.

Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.

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