Budgets are often tight around the holiday season, which is why the Humane Society of Warren County is extending a hand–or a paw–to families in need.
For several years, the humane society’s Hand in Paw program has provided dog and cat food to families who can’t afford to feed their pets. The humane society’s shelter manager Kayla Wines says the program is currently helping about 50 families feed their pets between pay checks or social security checks for older residents.
Wines also writes a number of grant proposals every year, seeking funding to help cover the cost of both preventative and emergency veterinary care for families struggling to pay their pet’s bills.
“We want to be able to help our community’s families and pets and keep their pets out of the shelter,” said Wines. “I don’t want families to think that they have to surrender their pet for something simply like that, when we’re available.”
Wines says anyone can join the program. All they have to do is fill out an application at the humane society.
The shelter is always seeking donations to support the Hand in Paw program and other outreach work the humane society does. To learn more, you can contact the shelter at: (540) 635-4734 or on Facebook.