Animal shelter seeks donations
By Kevin Dye
The Humane Society of Madison County has issued a special “needs” request to the public for dry pet food to help them to continue to feed and care for animals at the shelter.
The most immediate needs is for dry food for kittens, however all types of dry dog and cat food are needed as donations have dipped to low levels.
“We are very low on dry food for the animals,” shelter director Betty Peyton said. “Donation of food has been very low and the fur kids need to eat. Our immediate need is for kitten chow. It is that time of year and we have had too many kittens dumped on us whether we have room or not.
We have been scrambling to find space for them all. The prison program has twice the number of kittens they usually have and we have a list of many more to come in. So kitten chow is needed immediately.”
The shelter also have a half-dozen of puppies at the moment and it is best to provide them with puppy food rather than adult dog food, to provide the additional nutrients.
“At this time, we only have three bags on hand to feed the pups,” Peyton said. “Yes, they can eat adult food. However, puppy and kitten chow has the nutrition the young ones need to help them grow.”
Peyton said donations are down for all pet foods and the shelter is in need. It does not matter what brand of pet food you donate, as it all gets mixed together. The shelter prefers dry pet food because it lasts longer and can food (for security reasons) is not allowed to be brought to the prison for the dog obedience program.
For those who would like to help with the pet food shortage, you can drop off your donations directly to the shelter at 2020 state Route 142 N.E., West Jefferson, or if you are in London, you can drop off donations at shelter friends, Dan Hatfield Chrysler Jeep Dodge Car Dealership on Lafayette Street.
Donors can also send a monetary donation, either by mail to HSMC, P.O. Box 777, London, OH 43140 or use the paypal button at www.hsmcohio.com.
For more information you can contact The Humane Society of Madison County at (614) 879-8368.