Region 8 Shelter Scrapes To Feed Dogs, Asks For Public's Help

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The Animal Farm in Greene County started taking in dogs and cats eight years ago. They've never had to worry about where their animals were getting their next meal .. until now.

"What we're having to do now is take money from the vet fund to feed the dogs and if we continue to do that then it's going to be disastrous," said Brenda Ramthun, Director of The Animal Farm.

800 lbs. of food is what volunteers says they go through in a week to feed 64 dogs.

And most of the dogs there are fully grown.

"The small ones usually find homes pretty soon but the bigger ones are harder to place and they like to eat," said Ramthun.

Both Sam's Club and Wal-Mart donate food, but as Ramthun says, it's never a consistent amount, so they rely heavily on individuals and businesses to donate.

With pet food prices increasing at a rate estimated at 1.3 percent in March, that means more people are having to scale back on how much they give.

Something that's hitting the shelter particularly hard.

"We're all volunteers here. Noone's paid here we rely on the graces of the community."

A community that also relies on the shelter to give dogs a place to call home.

"What it boils down to is that if you can't properly provide for them, you can't keep them."

The Animal Farm will be hosting a food drive on May 17th from 9a.m.-3 p.m. at the Wal-Mart on Parker Rd. in Jonesboro. There is also a drop-off location at the Farville Flea Market on Stadium Blvd.

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