3rd Annual Melissa’s Mutt Hutt Charity Party

LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS PLAYS SANTA FOR FAMILIES IN NEED

For Immediate Release Contact:
Melissa Sheehan Clarkson
(310) 546 0021

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — November 18, 2013 — Charity begins at home, and children in Los Angeles are going to bed hungry tonight. Melissa’s Mutt Hutt (“MMH”), a Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica based pet nanny services business, is doing something to change that. MMH will work again this year with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) Adopt-A-Family Program to provide low-income families with toys, clothes and food this holiday season. Last year, MMH sponsored over 150 people, raising tens of thousands of dollars in contributions, hand wrapped and delivered by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The 3rd Annual Melissa’s Mutt Hutt & Cat Shack Charity Party will take place on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 6:30-9pm at Wirtshaus located at 345 N La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. Complimentary food and drinks will be served and donations for the Adopt-A-Family Program will be collected at the party.

For suggested donations, please see the MMH Wish List at www.ToysRUs.com (wish list # 33775506). or gift cards from Target, Vons, Ralph’s and Toys R Us are also appreciated. Should you wish to contribute a monetary donation, please visit our Fundraising page at: http://www.crowdrise.com/MelissasMuttHuttAdoptafamily/fundraiser/melissasheehanclarks . Individuals, groups and organizations who would like to make a contribution can also drop donations off at the MMH office located at 1590 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite D 360, Manhattan Beach, CA or arrange for pick up by contacting www.gotmutt.com.

According to the USDA, one in four children struggle with hunger on a daily basis. The nation’s economic crisis has catapulted the number of Americans who lack enough food to 49 million – the highest level since the government began keeping track. Food shortages are particularly pronounced among women raising children alone.

Through the generosity and contributions of individuals, groups and organizations, the Adopt-A-Family Program can make a significant difference for local needy families and children during the holidays. If you would like to sponsor a family of your own, please contact Erica Moya, the Departmental Volunteer Coordinator Toy Loan and Volunteer Services at (213) 744-4348 or EricaMoya@dpss.lacounty.gov .

Wirtshaus (www.wirtshausla.com) is a traditional German restaurant and pub located at 345 N La Brea in Los Angeles specializing in authentic German food, over 35 German beers and a great selection of German and Austrian wines. Wirshaus is famous for its fun and laid back atmosphere, and regular events such as Oktoberfest and the Bavarian Nights, held every first Saturday of the month

A native of Los Angeles, Melissa Sheehan Clarkson is the founder and ‘Top Dog’ at Melissa’s Mutt Hutt a leading provider of pet nanny services in Los Angeles. Melissa grew up volunteering for local No Kill Animal Shelters and Rescue groups. By matching her love of animals with her entrepreneurial spirit, Clarkson and her team of 36 have cared for more than 30,000 animals in the Los Angeles area since the company was founded in 2004. MMH is a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, has been featured on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel and has been recognized for the past 9 years as one of the best Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Companies in Los Angeles. For the past 6 years, MMH has produced an Animal Calendar raising more than $25,000 for local no-kill animal shelters. MMH operates under the philosophy that pets are members of the family, and that loving care, minimal stress, and routine are keys to their happiness and safety.

For more information, please contact Melissa Sheehan Clarkson at (310) 546 0021 or at www.GOTMUTT.com

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