Sebastian, a miniature pinscher, and other dogs waiting to be adopted from Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center greeted people at the Roseburg BottleDrop Center on Saturday.
Recyclers hauled bags full of bottles and cans to the facility at 740 NE Garden Valley Blvd., and many of them decided to donate their bottle deposits to Saving Grace.
“These funds go toward the care and feeding of the animals,” said Wendy Kang, executive director of animal shelter Saving Grace.
Kang said she was excited the Roseburg BottleDrop opened late last year to offer an easier way to recycle and donate to local causes. She set up a fundraiser account with the center so people will be able to donate to the shelter continuously, not just on the Saturday event.
People can still donate their deposits to Saving Grace by picking up a blue bag at the Package Depot, 1224 Walnut St., Roseburg, filling it with bottles and cans and dropping it off at the BottleDrop Center.
Kang said the fundraiser benefits both Saving Grace and BottleDrop.
“We thought this was a great way for both of us to get the word out and get people used to the idea of donating their bottles and cans for the shelter,” Kang said Saturday. “We’ve had a number of people drive up with the back of their pickup trucks full of bottles and cans.”
Timothy and Katarina Howe of Sutherlin came to drop off their bottles and cans at the center with their 2-year-old, Chloe, who enjoyed petting the dogs.
“I adopted one of my favorite dogs, Roscoe, from Saving Grace when he was a puppy,” Timothy Howe said. “They’ve always been great with dogs and they’re doing a great thing.”
Joe Jaukkuri of Roseburg donated deposits from a garbage bag full of bottles and cans to Saving Grace on Saturday out of his “general love for animals.”
“We’ve adopted a couple animals from them before and they found one of ours when we lost it,” Jaukkuri said of the nonprofit. “It’s a much-needed service for our community and it’s a pleasure to help out whenever we can.”
Cherilyn Bertges, the manager of the BottleDrop Give donation program, said the event was successful with a good turnout.
As of Monday, the donated deposits added up to about $1,200, and BottleDrop matched the donations up to $1,000.
Bertges said organizations have used bottle deposits as fundraisers on a smaller scale for a long time.
“But with BottleDrop, we can get more people involved and keep the state clean while helping nonprofits to be successful,” Bertges said.
Volunteers with Saving Grace were outside the deposit center Saturday with a list of photos and information about dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals available for adoption.
People can bring in or adopt stray animals at Saving Grace, which also receives the animals found by Douglas County Animal Control.
For more information, contact the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative at 503-222-2266 or Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center at 541-672-3907.