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Pet food bank needs dog food

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Pet owners stop by the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society every day to use the pet food bank.

It allows people to pick up a free bag of food for their pet once a month.

“It just helps so, so, so many people,” adoption counselor Marlayna Goff said.

But there’s just one problem right now.

The dog food shelves are empty.

“This is supposed to be filled with dog food for members of the public right now,” Goff said of the empty shelves.

In fact, the shelter has had to turn people away this week.

Money is one of the top reasons animals are surrendered to the humane society.

“Now that’s food, that’s also vet care, things like that,” executive director James Oppenheimer said.

But this program is designed to keep animals in homes by helping their owners who many be experiencing tough times.

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“We service animals that come to us, but we’re trying to service animals in Sioux Falls, so keeping animals in homes is a key part of it. We realize that by giving food out to the public, we’re helping keep animals in their homes and helping people take good care of animals,” Oppenheimer said.

That’s why your donations are needed now to fill up the shelves.

“Any sort of donations of dog food are more than welcome. It doesn’t have to be a specific brand, doesn’t have to be a specific size. Anything and everything. When people are in need, we just want their pets’ bellies to be full,” Goff said.

The shelter’s food bank is also running low on cat food.

If you want to donate, just drop the food off at the shelter during business hours or in the night receiving area after hours.

The food needs to be in its original bag and unexpired.

Open bags are also accepted.

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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