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As you check out of busy stores with the holiday shopping season in full effect, don’t forget about your pet and those in need! Here are a couple ways you can help spread holiday cheer to all our furry friends!

Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive

Paws Up Pet Sitting will hold its second Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive to collect Purina pet food to benefit Sioux Falls Area Humane SocietyThis drive is an international effort to collect pet food for shelters everywhere as Pet Sitters International members, like Paws Up Pet Sitting, organize local pet food drives, December 1-12, to benefit their local animal shelters. Food may be donated during that time by leaving it on your kitchen counter, if you’re a Paws Up family, contacting Paws Up Pet Sitting for a pick up or dropping off at one of the following locations:

  • Your Pet Stop 501 E 41st St. Sioux Falls (605) 221-2738
  • Paw Spa 426 E 4th St. Dell Rapids (605) 428- 5151
  • Horizon Pet Care 1224 E Holly Blvd. Brandon (605) 582-8445
  • Max Muscle 6010 S Minnesota Ave Suite 104 Sioux Falls (605) 275-6299
  • Ace Hardware 2500 W 12th St Sioux Falls (605) 336-6507
  • Tractor Supply 3520 N Cliff Ave Sioux Falls (605) 336-3031 

Sioux Falls Area Humane Society Howliday Open House

December 3-4, 2011, 11am-5pm

The annual open house at the shelter is almost upon us! Join us at the shelter for some fun and let us get you in the spirit for the upcoming holidays!  There will be crafts, baked goods and raffle tickets (all donated by volunteers) available to purchase. These make great Christmas & hostess gifts! This year we will  also have a food drive to support our shelter pets. Stop by the shelter and join us for cider, cookies and some Christmas cheer!

Jingle Paws

Jingle Paws benefits Northern Plains Boxer Rescue, a non-profit, all-volunteer group where every boxer counts and runs through December 16, 2011. You can learn more about NPBR here in some previous stories in The Scoop.

To participate:

1. Select an ornament from the “fur angel” tree

2. Purchase item(s) listed

3. Bring gift(s) with attached ornament to participating drop-off locations: Best Care Pet Hospital (Sioux Falls), Paws & Reflect Pet Grooming (Sioux Falls), Northview Fishing & Pets (Sioux Falls), All City Pet Care West (Sioux Falls) & Lacy’s Struttin Mutts (Tea).

4. fetch! Sioux Fall’s Pet Magazine & volunteers will deliver gifts to the rescue pets

Items Needed:
Blue Buffalo dog food, Dick Van Patten Natural Balance dog food, Nutro dog food, Petco or Petsmart gift cards, gas cards, dog toys, leashes and collars (all sizes), dog treats, blankets, beds, grooming supplies

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Unfortunately, the snow’s going to be here soon enough, so it’s time to talk about our winter routes. First off, WE WILL continue to pick-up your lawn until you tell us otherwise. But snow makes service a little more difficult. So if you choose to continue service through the winter, there’s a few things to keep in mind:

  • If it snows an inch or more the day before or on the scheduled day of service, service for that week will be cancelled.
  • If service is cancelled because of bad weather, we will simply put off service until the following week.
  • We can only pick up doo we can see. If it’s buried by snow, it will not be picked up.
  • If the doo is frozen into ice and cemented to the ground, we can’t scoop it.
  • Once the snow starts to fly, we plan on moving all service to Saturday.
  • We will not have service on Saturday, December 24.

Last year, about half of our regular weekly customers stayed on through the winter. We always do our best to get the doo out of the snow, but we want you to understand that due to weather, it can sometimes become impossible to get everything. That’s why we cancel service if it snows the day before. We will never charge you if we know we can’t doo a good job. Please email if you have any other questions about winter service, and thanks for using DooGooders!

We always say our work stinks, but now yours can, too. Beginning November 2011, DooGooders licenses will be available for communities across the country. You can own a business while dooing good at the same time! If you’re interested in learning more, just drop us a line at

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