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BlueGrace holds cat vs. dog event to help rescued animals


Published:   |   Updated: February 25, 2014 at 12:12 PM

RIVERVIEW — The fourth annual Cats vs. Dogs pet food drive will take place through February at BlueGrace Logistics, 2846 S. Falkenburg Road.

The Cats Team (women employees) and Dogs Team (men) are pitted against each other to bring in the highest number of pounds of pet food for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Last year the Cats won with 12,881 pounds, compared to the Dogs’ 7,656 pounds. The company hopes to surpass last year’s total of more than 20,000 pounds.

This contest is one of BlueGrace’s main charity events, “and employees really get into it,” said Bobby Harris, founder, president and CEO. “Our employees love giving back to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and this gives them the perfect opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the animals who call the shelter home.”

Harris instituted a Giving Grace Program to award employees two hours of paid time off for every four hours they donate to their charity of choice. The company sponsors events for nonprofit groups such as Metropolitan Ministries, Autism Speaks and Kids Charity of Tampa Bay Inc.

The public is invited to participate in the Cats vs. Dogs contest by dropping off any size of any type of dry or canned cat or dog food at BlueGrace Logistics.

Within three days of tallying the contest results, BlueGrace will mention, on its blog and other social media, the names and, if provided, business web links of donors, along with the dollar amount or poundage of their contribution.

For information or to donate large amounts — such as a pallet of pet food — call BlueGrace Logistics at (813) 658-1930.

BlueGrace Logistics is like “the Expedia of freight,” said Stephanie Wielinski, public relations specialist. The company has a proprietary transportation management system called BlueShip and “freight experts” on staff. As the middleman, BlueGrace provides options for customers and revenue for transportation carriers.

Barbara Routen is a freelance writer and can be reached at Neighbors@tampabay.rr.com.

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