The Elkhart County Humane Society needs your help to replenish its supply of dog food. If it can't do that, it may have to drop a program that provides free dog food for families in need. The Elkhart County Humane Shelter has been able to provide food for the animals it takes in, and at the same time make it available for free to families who can't afford it. "If we can help offset some of the pet care costs by at least providing food, then we hope that will allow them to go ahead and secure proper veterinary vaccinations and things that they need on an annual basis,” said Anne Reel, Elkhart County Humane Society director. That program could now be in jeopardy. This year, the shelter saw a 25 percent increase in the number of animals being dropped off. That means they definitely need more donations to offset the rising pet food costs, and to keep their assistance program going. Donations are starting to come in. "We're very fortunate that the community has continued to respond to our calls for outreach,” Reel said. One of those who dropped off pet food was Joyce Corbin. "I know that the humane shelter is always in need of supplies and food for the animals, so I try to do the best I can to help them," she said Many local rescue groups also offer food assistance to pet owners. If you need help, contact your local shelter.