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Cville Pet Store Collecting Food for Orange Animal Refuge

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Kittens at Rikki's Refuge Kittens at Rikki's Refuge

A Charlottesville pet store is gathering community support Wednesday for a unique animal charity.

Rikki's Refuge is a shelter that houses more than 1,200 animals of 20 different species in Orange County. Pet Supplies Plus in Charlottesville is helping to meet the food demand of all those creatures. Customers can donate a can of food or a dry good - like bird feed - to send to the shelter.

"They just have a great organization. They take animals that basically aren't adoptable anymore and they give them a good place to live for the rest of their life, and that's kind of a unique fit for a nonprofit organization, and it's great to work with them,” said Chris Hanson, Pet Supplies franchise manager.

Kelly Hilliard, founder of Rikki's Refuge, says this event also helps bring awareness to the cause, which attracts a lot of volunteers.

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