Water refreshes customers, helps shelter animals

Tom Brunner, manager of the Seaview Mobil Station, displays the water bottles on sale to benefit the South Pacific County Humane Society's no-kill shelter.

SEAVIEW — Customers are refreshed and shelter animals benefit.

That was the outcome of a fundraising idea dreamed up by Mark and Vicki Whitman, owners of the Seaview Mobil Station at 3909 Pacific Highway.

The couple are long-time supporters of the South Pacific County Humane Society, which operates a no-kill shelter.

“We wanted to do something for a good cause,” said gas station manager Tom Brunner. “After talking about it, we thought about doing something to help the shelter.”

The Whitmans asked Brunner to work out the details. The resulting bottles of “Rescue Water” are on sale at the station for $1, including tax. And for every one purchased, the Whitmans donate 25 cents to the shelter.

Brunner said he enjoys a challenge. “I am thrown an idea and I have to make it a reality,” he smiled. He chose biodegradable 16.9 fluid ounce plastic bottles, enlisted help obtaining photos of pets from the shelter for the printed label, and put together an order for 60 cases which arrived on a giant pallet.

“It’s been met with a very good reception,” Brunner said.

The project has been warmly received by the shelter supporters, too. Rod Vetter, past president of the board of the Humane Society, was delighted. “Mark Whitman has been a big supporter of the shelter for years — this is not a one-time deal for us — and he has given us great, continued support,” said Vetter, whose wife Verna is a longtime shelter worker.

‘We wanted to do something for a good cause.’

— Tom Brunner

manager, Seaview Mobil Station

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