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Tractor Supply Co. stores in DeLand and Osteen, like their counterparts across the country, are dedicating the entire month of August to showing their appreciation for animals.

The rural lifestyle retailer is hosting a variety of animal-centric happenings and deals at its stores nationwide as part of Out Here With Animals, its monthlong event for animals of all kinds and the people who care for them.

The DeLand store is at 2300 N. Woodland Blvd.; in Osteen, it’s at 890 N. State Road 415.

On Aug. 1, Out Here With Animals kicked off a monthlong pet-supplies drive. Customers are invited to show their support for the West Volusia animal shelter community by dropping off new sealed food, toys, cleaning supplies and other essential pet accessories such as beds, scratching posts, leashes and bowls to be donated to local rescues and shelters.

In addition to the supplies drive, the two Tractor Supply stores will host pet-adoption events Saturday, Aug. 25. The DeLand event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Osteen event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local animal organizations interested in participating are encouraged to sign up online at www.TractorSupply.com/EventPartners or by contacting the DeLand or Osteen Tractor Supply. Registration closes Wednesday, Aug. 22.

“Out Here With Animals allows the DeLand community to come together to celebrate their pets while supporting the great work of their local animal organizations,” Mary Lawley, vice president of store administration at Tractor Supply Co., said in a news release. “We hope families will … help us find homes for the local adoptable animals that deserve a family too.”

Tractor Supply is also shining a spotlight on animal organizations through the return of its popular Rescue Your Rescue contest. The retailer will donate a total of $25,000 in grants to 10 animal nonprofits that deserve a boost based on nominations from customers through a photo contest earlier in the month.

Along with events that celebrate and support pets in DeLand and Osteen, Out Here With Animals will feature a sale on premium pet and animal products and brands Wednesday, Aug. 22, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

Out Here With Animals events are open to the public and to their leashed, well-behaved animals. Contact the DeLand Tractor Supply store at 386-740-2406 or the Osteen store at 407-268-3844 for more details.

Tractor Supply Co. is in its 80th year of operation and, since being founded in 1938, has grown to become the largest rural lifestyle retail-store chain in the United States with more than 28,000 team members, over 1,725 stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website.

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