South Carolina residents have chipped in to donate hundreds of bags of pet food to the Anderson County animal shelter. Mars, Inc., maker of Pedigree pet food, told the shelter it was ending gifts of pet food to their shelter.
Mars, Inc. was the shelter’s main primary food supplier, and around 300 pets have been affected by this stop in donations.
The shelter was running low on pet food and asked the community for help. Numerous people brought in bags of pet food, and some even braved bad weather to bring in their donations.
The shelter manager said she is uncertain why Mars, Inc. decided to stop donating pet food, and unless the shelter can find another corporate sponsor, the shelter will need to rely on the community for help. She was also told that the decision to cut back on the food donation program was company wide and other shelters were affected.
Shelter employee Bonnie Wulff said, “We’ve had a lot of people come in and they’re emotional as well, just a few people who’ve been teary eyed, just want to come in and donate. They care as much about ‘em as we do.”