Dog rescue collecting shoes

The Scott County Dog Rescue is hoping to collect as many pairs of used or new shoes as possible for its dogs this winter.

No, not to chew on, but to help keep them warm.

The Scott County Dog Rescue is hosting a shoe drive for lightly-used or new shoes that will go to third-world countries.
Becky Lashmett, a volunteer for the shelter, said the rescue tries to hold a large fundraiser each year to try and raise funds to complete a project. This year, they’ll be selling donated shoes to a company that will ship them overseas.

Since moving into the building in 2012, the Scott County Dog Rescue has paid for a new roof, insulation, wiring and new windows.

This year, she said the rescue hopes to purchase a new insulated door and window for the building to replace the door that came with the building, which had been a car dealership.
The current door is made of wood, and Lashmett said the rescue has to cover it in plastic or blankets each winter to attempt to keep the building warm.

“You can only ask people to buy something or donate money so many times,” Lashmett said. “This is something that is different.”

Lashmett said the organization’s goal is 7,500 pairs of shoes, which should equal the $2,200 needed for the new door. If enough shoes are donated, she said the shelter will use any extra money to replace the window as well.

“We try to do anything we can to generate some type of income for the dogs,” Lashmett said. “We just want to make sure they stay warm this winter.”

The organization will be collecting shoes until January 10. After the shoes are collected, they will be packaged and sent overseas through a company that will distribute them to businesses to sell.

The company will take new and used shoes including boots, sneakers, slippers, flip-flops, or any other type, excluding roller skates.

Donation boxes will be placed in business and schools in Winchester, Bluffs, Beardstown, Jacksonville, Franklin and Springfield. A list of donation locations will be placed on the Scott County Dog Rescue Facebook page. Shoes can also be donated by calling Lashmett at 217-473-9044, or Cindy Kemp at 217-719-9565.

“We’re real big on recycling. This keeps old shoes out of the landfills,” Lashmett said. “Most people would be happy to get old shoes gone somewhere.”

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