White Marsh, MD  – Over one dozen TIC Gums employees and their spouses, children, and friends braved a cold, rainy April Saturday to volunteer at the Luna’s House Animal Care and Education Center (ACEC) in Edgewood, MD. TIC Gums volunteers provided an intense general clean-up of the 14,900 ft2  facility, which previously served as a car dealership before its foreclosure and abandonment in 2006. Located on three acres of land, the renovated building will be an oasis of high quality, compassionate care for various species of companion animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ferrets, reptiles, and birds. 

Once every month, employees from TIC Gums donate their time, money, expertise, or strong backs to causes as diverse as the Japanese Red Cross, to digging water wells in Chad. “TIC Gums has a heritage of over 100 years of giving back.  As we are fortunate and have much, we have a responsibility to those who are not as fortunate, humans and non-humans alike,” said Greg Andon, president of TIC Gums and volunteer at the Luna's House facility. “Plus we have the opportunity to work with people from the company we may not see very often or know well, so it is win-win.”

 

Cleaning Up!

Construction sites can get messy in a hurry. Armed with brooms, shovels, garbage bags, wheel barrows, and other tools, yards of discarded wiring, scrap building materials, wood, weeds and dust were removed. “We really appreciate our volunteers,” said Luna's House President Lisa Randle. “When people donate their time to work with us, it is less money we have to spend getting chores done. We can spend our money on taking care of animals and finding foster and permanent homes for them and not on maintenance.”

Once renovations are complete, Luna’s House will provide care for about 150 animals, in addition to those who are in foster homes. Included at the Luna’s House ACEC will be a surgical suite, treatment and consultation rooms, boarding facilities, a thrift and retail store, and space for educational workshops and classes.

Who is Luna?

The namesake of the organization, Luna, was a gentle, beautiful French Lop rabbit. Luna was surrendered to a local animal shelter and was immediately taken into foster care (with Luna’s House founders Nevin and Lisa Randle) in order to provide her with treatment for her many health concerns. Luna’s House serves as her legacy of compassion and caring.

Luna’s House, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of animals and their people. Luna’s House thrives on working with individuals and other organizations in the local and regional community to promote widespread humane education and respect for animals.

About TIC Gums

TIC Gums is a global leader in advanced texture and stabilization solutions for the food industry. Food and beverage companies rely on TIC Gums to improve the texture, stability, consistency, nutritional profile, and shelf appeal of their products. Legendary customer service, high quality standards, and the unrivaled knowledge of our Gum Gurus® has made TIC Gums the industry leader for more than 100 years. For more information, visit www.ticgums.com.

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