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A New Program to “Help Keep Pets in Their Homes”

Hard economic times may result in tough choices regarding family pets for households struggling to stretch their limited resources. Families faced with the choice of purchasing pet food or providing for their family’s needs may have to make the heartbreaking decision to give up their pet. At a time when unconditional love from a pet is needed the most, some families need to make this tragic decision. Pets may be given to relatives or friends, surrendered to Dane County Humane Society or, sadly in some cases, abandoned.

To help families keep their pets at home, Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) is partnering with Community Action Coalition of South Central WI (CAC) to supply pet food and cat litter to participating Dane County food pantries. CAC will facilitate the delivery and pickup of donation barrels with businesses participating in pet food drives. DCHS, acting as the county pet food bank administrator, will coordinate pet food drives, solicit business and private contributions, warehouse the donations and deliver them to food pantries with the aid of DCHS volunteers.

How Can You Help?

1. Donate pet food or cat litter (both in bags 10 pounds or less) to participating businesses between December 12 and18. A list of participating businesses will be posted on the DCHS website in early December: www.giveshelter.org.
2. Host a drive to collect pet food and cat litter in your business, school or organization. Contact DCHS for details.
3. Make a monetary donation to DCHS for food pantry food and litter. Checks should be made out to Dane County Humane Society, and include instructions to apply your donation to the “Keep Pets in Their Home” program.

What is our Goal?

With your help Dane County Humane Society and Community Action Coalition of South Central WI want to support struggling families and prevent them from making the terrible decision to give up a loving pet when the family is faced with severely limited resources. Your donations will decrease the number of pets separated from their families – where their love, loyalty and enthusiasm for life are needed the most.

For More Information:

Contact: Patty Zehl, Volunteer Coordinator with Dane County Humane Society at pzehl@giveshelter.org or call 608-838-0413 ext. 114.
Mail monetary donations to: Attention: Patty Zehl, Dane County Humane Society, 5132 Voges Road, Madison, WI 53718.