The Sampson County Animal Shelter is seeking donations to make sure their dogs have enough to eat.
It was recently reported that Iams is no longer donating dry dog food. Shelter Attendant Roger Bradshaw and other officials are working to fill the gap. The shelter houses area strays, homeless, quarantined, seized and abandoned animals. It’s operated by Sampson County’s government and is a holding facility for county and Clinton City’s Animal Control services. Close to 40 animals are usually available for donations.
The loss of dog food occurred after a transition within the company. Mars, Incorporated acquired Iams from Procter & Gamble and made changes to the donation program.
“That donation from Iams meant a lot to us,” Bradshaw said. “We’ve been getting that every since we’ve moved over here.”
The relationship between the shelter and Iams begin about 10 years ago. But that came to an end with the changeover.
“They decided that they can make money, instead of getting rid of the feed and getting a tax write-off,” Bradshaw said. “Now, they’re selling it and getting the actual money.”
To fill the void, the shelter is seeking assistance from other pet food organizations such as Pedigree and Purina. Officials filed applications for help, but have not received any feedback yet.
In the meantime, Shelter officials are currently seeking assistance and donations from the public.
“We appreciate all that people do for us,” Bradshaw said.
Ken Johnson, shelter manager, expressed how the Iams donation saved the county money. Hundreds of dog food bags are donated to the shelter each year. The estimate is about $3,500.
“That saved a lot of tax dollars,” Johnson said.
“It all depends on the animal population we have in here,” Bradshaw added. “The more animals we have in here, the more food we use.”
Bradshaw said the money that will have to be used for the upcoming budget. Besides food, the shelter has other needs such as vaccines and supplies.
People occasionally bring in items such as newspapers and other items.
“We appreciate all the donations that we’ve got so far,” said Shelter Attendant Ernest Blowe. “People been coming in bringing in stuff here and there. But we’re really low.”
For more information or to donate, contact officials contact the animal shelter at 910-592-8493 or online at www.sampsonnc.com/departments/animal_shelter/
“We appreciate the people who donate and any help we can get,” Johnson said.