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WHAT: National Pet Week is May 4 – 8, and in observance of this special week, vocational students at ACCEL, a private, nonprofit school for children with special needs, are volunteering and donating pet related items to HALO Animal Rescue on Thursday, May 7 from 9:15 a.m. to noon.

Not only are the students donating pet related items, such as 500 dog biscuits that were hand-made, they are also donating dog blankets and dog bowls that were also hand-made while in school.

ACCEL students have been volunteering at the HALO animal shelter for more than six years.

WHEN: Thursday, May 7 from 9:15 a.m. to noon.
**Official donation time: 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: HALO Animal Rescue
2500 S. 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85017

WHO: The following are also available for interviews:
• Vocational students enrolled at ACCEL School
• Dana Bailey, director of development and marketing at ACCEL School
• Heather Allen, president and CEO of HALO Animal Rescue

INFO: ACCEL is a private, nonprofit school for children with special needs,
ages 5-22, and adults 18 and over and is recognized as a leader in the field of Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ACCEL provides innovative, individualized and comprehensive educational, therapeutic, vocational, behavioral, life skills and transitional services to individuals with a wide range of abilities and challenges including autism, intellectual, emotional, physical disabilities and health impairments. ACCEL operates a variety of enterprise programs including ACCEL Adult Services, The BISTA Center and Gifted Hands Boutique. For more information, please visit

(602) 957-8881

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