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Local company pitches in at NLOL

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Dustin Wylie drags tree limbs as volunteers clear brush at New Leash on Life. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

Nutro Employees came to the aid of their four-legged friends recently by volunteering for a clean-up day at New Leash on Life.

New Leash on Life Director Angela Chapman was overwhelmed by the kind gesture and welcomed the group to donate their time at the no-kill animal shelter.

"I believe they did this for us a couple of years ago. They came out earlier to assess our needs. Most of our issues were with landscaping, simply because we didn't have the staff to cover it," Chapman said.

On Monday, the Nutro volunteers mowed all of the grass, cleaned out kennels, removed old structures and cleaned out storage space. "We showed them things that needed to be thrown away and they have cleaned out the fence line and have hauled away all of the debris," Chapman continued.

Nutro Plant Site Manager Joe Owen said giving back to the community is not a new trend for the Mars company. "Worldwide, the Mars family is very much into going back into the community. This is our opportunity to have a beautiful day out in the sun and do something good," he said.

New Leash was also blessed on Monday with a donation from the Lebanon High School Humane Society Club. Dee Fontenot dropped off donations on behalf of the club and said they were obtained through the "Whit's Drive" initiative.

Fontenot explained that a former club member, Whit Robertson, is suffering from brain cancer - and that the club held a drive to collect dog and cat food, cat litter, toys and detergent donations in his honor.

New Leash will next host a "Spay-ghetti" Dinner to raise additional funds for the shelter. The dinner will be held at Painturo's in Lebanon on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets for the dinner, which includes spaghetti, salad, bread and a drink, are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5-12.

For more information on New Leash on Life or to see animals available for adoption, visit

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

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