On Wednesday December 12, Jan Miyasaki speaks with Gayle Viney of the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS). They speak about a program to “Help Keep Pets in Their Homes“. In the last few years, an increasing number of households have been finding it difficult to afford food for their pets. DCHS is working in conjunction with Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc to provide individuals in need with pet food and cat litter. Oftentimes, those who can no longer afford to supply their pets with food and other necessities end up surrendering their pets to the Humane Society. This program will help alleviate the situation by providing food pantries with pet food and cat litter to distribute.
Gayle reports the program’s success, “so far, we’ve collected over 20,000 pounds of pet food and kitty litter. We’ve just heard such good response on how appreciative people have been to have these items that they have needed.” There are several collection bins at drop off locations at participating businesses and organizations.
Gayle shares helpful tips for keeping pets safe during the winter season. She recommends shortened walks during colder weather, protective boots for dogs, and coats for short-haired dogs. She also suggests that people check the hoods of their cars during especially cold weather, because often stray cats will try to crawl into the hood of the car to stay warm.
Gayle also speaks about Club Whiskers, a winter break day camp for children ages 7 – 12. The camp features service projects, caring for animals, games, and guest speakers. The camp runs from 9 AM – 3 PM. After care, from 3 – 5 PM, is also available.
View more information on how to donate pet food.
View the full list of Participating Dane County Food Pantries
Listen to the interview here: