EATON — Nearly 15 months ago, the Humane Society of Preble County lost its main source for dog food.
At the time ,those in charge of caring for the animals weren’t sure where the next batch of food would come from.
So they reached out the Preble County community for support and the response was overwhelming.
Community members donated several hundred bags of dog food that has lasted nearly 15 months.
That supply is now beginning to run low, however, and community support is needed once again.
According to Leslie Renner, chairman of the board for the Human Society of Preble County, one day the source was there, the next it was gone.
“I was totally blown away by how the community really stepped up,” Renner said. “I didn’t expect it at all. It was great. It’s lasted until now. Which to me is unbelievable. So, I’m just hoping to reach out to the community again and hope to have some of that same response.”
Renner explained the source of food accounted for about 80 percent of the food used for the shelter’s some 75 adult dogs who go through about 50 pounds of adult food a day.
“We feed morning and evening,” she said. “It’s such a stressful environment that it takes a little more food to keep their weight on.”
They will also use about five pounds of puppy chow a day depending on the number puppies at the shelter, which she said can vary every day.
Because of the food shortage, the Humane Society of Preble County is looking for donations again.
Renner explained the shelter does not need a certain brand or kind of food, other than they need the dry food and not the canned food.
Renner also explained despite many people’s misconceptions, the Humane Society of Preble County has no affiliation with the county or any other government affiliation and operates as a charity organization dependent on donations. She continued by explaining because of that, the shelter relies heavily not only on donations but also volunteers to help around the shelter doing things like cleaning and basic maintenance on the building. The few employees they do have dedicate much of their time to the animals.
Renner said they do work closely with the Dog Warden of Preble County to try to make sure animals do not have to be “put down” and will take in animals from the pound. However, she said since they take in so many animals they cannot always take in animals when people come in with strays or unwanted pets, due to lack of space.
The Humane Society of Preble County is still a primary adoption agency locally, and Renner said their main goal is to find a good fit for both the person and animals.
Renner said anyone interested in volunteering time at the Humane Society Pet Center, needs to be at least 16 years old.
Any time or money that is donated is always appreciated, especially during a time of need for the shelter, according to Renner.
Anyone with questions can contact the Humane Society at 937-456-PETS (7387).
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.