PRINCETON — A Mercer County assisted living facility is celebrating National Assisted Living Week by giving back to a local nonprofit that finds homes for unwanted animals.

Brandywine Living at Princeton (Courtesy of Brandywine Living at Princeton)

Brandywine Living at Princeton, an assisted living facility with over 100 residents, is holding a fundraiser and barbecue on Sept. 10 from noon to 3 p.m.

The proceeds raised from the event will go to assist EASEL Animal Rescue League, a volunteer nonprofit organization working to end the killing of unwanted animals in the county.

"Brandywine Living at Princeton is a pet-friendly, senior living community. We recognize pets are our family, too, and we would love to help EASEL find their homeless animals a fur-ever family," said Stephanie Gaber, the escapades producer at Brandywine Living at Princeton.

The event is free to the public with a monetary or dog/cat food donation for EASEL. The event will feature free food, music from The Heritage Band and over two dozen vendors from throughout New Jersey. Those in attendance will also be able to participate in a 50/50 raffle and merchandise basket drawing.

According to information on the National Center for Assisted Living's website, National Assisted Living Week "recognizes the role of assisted living in caring for America's seniors and individuals with disabilities."

To learn more about Sunday's event, click here.

EASEL is also holding a donation drive for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The items collected will be sent to Texas to assist shelters who are caring for displaced family pets and homeless animals.

Some of the items needed:

  • Dog and cat food, toys, bedding and treats
  • Crates
  • Leashes and collars
  • Flea treatment
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Towels and sheets
  • Cases of water
  • Cleaning products like sponges and bleach

For a complete list of what is needed, click here.

Items can be dropped off at the shelter through Sept. 8 between noon and 3 p.m. The shelter is located at 4 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing. EASEL is also currently housing three dogs from Texas, with more expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

In 2016, EASEL found homes for 506 cats and 98 dogs.

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