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Elkhart County Humane Society needs dog food

April 25, 2011|By Chad Damp (

ELKHART COUNTY — Anyone with pets knows it can be expensive to feed them. But imagine having to feed more than 200 dogs and then losing almost all of your dog food. That's what the Elkhart County Humane Society is facing right now.

During the winter, water leaked through the shelter’s roof and onto the piles of dog food stored in the garage. Now crews have found most of the food is spoiled.

"We ended up having to throw out three-fourths of our dog food supply,” said Rachel Dennis, who works at the Humane Society. “We lost at least a couple thousand pounds of dog food."

The more than 200 dogs at the shelter go through a few hundred pounds of food a day. And in the room where the food is stored now, the pile keeps getting smaller.

Dogs are healthier when they have a consistent diet. So the Humane Society is asking for donations of Purina Dog Chow, which can run anywhere from $12 to $20. However, Humane Society officials will behappy with donations of any brand of food.


However, there's an even better way to help.

"The best option obviously is coming out and helping us out and finding these animals homes," said Dennis.

DONATE FOOD: Please drop off food at the Humane Society of Elkhart County, 54687 C.R. 19, Bristol. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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