Liberty Mutual glad to offer helping hand

The Humane Society of Charlotte, now in its 35th year of operation, recently got some help from the Ballantyne branch of Liberty Mutual Group Markets through their third annual pet donation drive.

“We have a lot of pet lovers in our office,” Jennifer Kilbey, manager and chairman of the events coordinator committee, said about the reason behind the pet drive. “It’s something that several of our employees are passionate about.”

The pet drive was advertised within the three Liberty Mutual offices in Charlotte, which collected 80 stuffed animals, 30 pounds of dog food, 25 cans of dog and cat food, dog treats, towels, a cat scratching pad and lint rollers.

“We had a pretty good turn out this year,” Kilbey said. “(The Humane Society) gave us their wish list, which indicates what they can use the most.” The list contained items for the animals as well as for the office to help with care and upkeep.

Donna Canzano, vice president of development and community relations at the Humane Society of Charlotte, said Liberty Mutual’s donation will go a long way.

“There’s so many things people don’t realize we go through like bottles (for feeding newborn animals), surgical gloves, cleaning supplies, office supplies, coffee for the staff, gift cards, cat food, dog food, toys, Kongs, blankets, pillows, medical things,” she listed.

Liberty Mutual participates in other benefits apart from the pet donation drive, such as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk and the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.

Find more information about the Humane Society of Charlotte, including how you can donate, volunteer or adopt, at Items can be donated Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the shelter, at 2700 Toomey Ave. Liberty Mutual’s Ballantyne office is located at 13830 Ballantyne Corporate Place. Find more information at

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