WEST OLIVE, Mich. — An Ottawa County animal shelter has received thousands of pounds of cat food donations after posting about a shortage on social media.
Harbor Humane Society, located on Bagley Street in West Olive, posted to Facebook on Feb. 2 about a “dangerously low” supply of dry adult cat food.
“We had come to the end of our supply,” said Jen Nuerenberg, development director at Harbor Humane. “We are, of course, able to purchase food if needed, but every dollar goes towards the care of our pets.”
Harbor Humane has around 150-200 cats between their adoptable, feral and barn communities.
Over that weekend and into the week, donations flooded the building, including a few dozen boxes of cat food shipped from Amazon.
One donation from the owners of Spanky’s Collision Repair in Jamestown exceeded 1,100 pounds. The humane society staff was baffled, said Receptionist Danielle Pepper.
“Any time we can help out animals, it’s a ‘go’ time,” said Co-owner Gordon Burns, who adopted a dog from Harbor Humane last year. “I mean, we’re going to do it.”
The organization received nearly 160 pounds of dry cat food Monday, Feb. 11. Total donations since Feb. 2 have exceeded 4,000 pounds.
“To feel the community support us, it's what we need,” Nuerenberg said. “We’re all in this together for the animals and to have an impact. So, it’s incredible.”
The Harbor Humane Society is making cats available for only $14 and dogs for $100 through Feb. 16 as a Valentine’s Day special. The deal includes spay/neuter, vaccines and a microchip.
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