Pet supply drive makes ‘pawliday’ season bright for local animals in need

Published 8:24 am Sunday, December 1, 2019

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is getting festive for some furry friends in need with the annual Santa Paws Pet Supply Drive benefiting the Outer Banks SPCA. Last year, with generous support from visitors and neighbors, NCARI was able to donate more than 1,800 pounds of pet food and supplies to help animals waiting to find their forever homes.

This yearly drive began November 25 and ends January 5 and donors get perks, too. Each person donating a bag of dry pet food weighing seven pounds or more will receive a free admission to the aquarium. Also, anyone bringing in pet food or other items will be entered for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind painting created by resident river otters Banks and Finn.

The Outer Banks SPCA is in need of additional supplies to help make this season one to remember, including blankets, towels, peroxide, cotton balls, puppy and kitten formula, collars and leashes. Visit for a full list of the most needed items. Make a donation to the Santa Paws Pet Supply Drive and help make this holiday a “meowy” one for dogs and cats in need.

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The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is dedicated to the mission of “Inspiring appreciation and conservation of our aquatic environments.” The aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit



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