GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Humane Society of West Michigan is in need of food donations for its hundreds of cats and dogs.
This week, the organization began running low on canned food. One of the employees we spoke to said that without donations, they’re likely to run out of food.
“When we have almost 300 animals in our care you go through it quicker than you would expect,” Nicole Cook, an employee with the humane society, said.
While visiting the animals, FOX 17 got to see first hand just how important those donations really are. Two barrels, which are usually filled to the top with food, contained no more than 20 cans each.
“We’re completely donor funded. So all of our money and support is right here in our community,” Cook said.
Cook said workers can buy some canned food for the animals, but that the money would be taken from their funds, which are often times needed for other means of caring for the pets, such as when they need medical treatment.
The animals aren’t picky when it comes to a certain brand of food. They just need it to come in a can.
“The important thing with canned food is that it’s full of nutrients and gives them that extra capability to keep sustaining when they’re in our care,” Cook said. “It gets stressful here so we want to make sure we reinstate that supply here, quickly.”
The animals are also in need of toys.
If you want to donate canned food or toys you can drop your gift off to the Humane Society of West Michigan. Or, you can also purchase items from the organizations Amazon Wish List and send it to them directly.
Back in May, FOX 17 reported on problems facing animals in Calhoun County. A group there is also seeking assistance.