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Posted on: February 5, 2021

Hampton 5th Grader Donates Pet Toys to Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter

PRAS logo_scLast weekend the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter received a generous donation from a very special 10-year-old named Connor. PRAS is one of the largest open intake shelters in the area, and with that comes an extensive and ongoing wish list of items needed to help the animals thrive. Knowing this, Connor, a fifth grade student in Hampton, wrote letters to four different pet stores in the area inquiring if they would be willing to provide donations to help pets in need at PRAS.

Connor and his family have donated used blankets to the shelter before, but he wanted the animals to have toys too. In his letters he wrote, "If animals get toys, they would be so happy." He went on to say that "if they have toys it would help time to fly by for them...Instead of waiting to be walked, fed, or visited, they could be having a blast playing with their new toys!" The Newport News Pet Smart responded to Connor with a resounding "Yes!" and provided enough donations that Connor and his family had to take two trips to transport the materials. Before bringing the donations to PRAS, Connor additionally organized and sorted the supplies based on species, then by items, including beds, clothing, toys and accessories.

The shelter is extremely thankful to Connor, his family and the Newport News Pet Smart for not only their support, but for the happiness they have brought to shelter residents and their future families. To learn more about the Peninsula Regional Shelter and to find out how you can donate items or adopt a dog, cat or pocket pet, visit

About the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter:

With a mission to rehome, reunite and reeducate, the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is a collaborative venture supported by four separate Hampton Roads communities: Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, and York County. This 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is managed and operated by the city of Newport News on behalf of the four jurisdictions. An "open admission" shelter, PRAS contains a full-service veterinary clinic for the shelter animals and has capacity for approximately 100 dogs and 180 cats, as well as pocket pets and other small companion animals. The shelter's primary responsibilities include holding stray animals until they can be reunited with their owners, rehoming owner-surrendered pets, and facilitating pet adoptions. Learn more at

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