GALLIPOLIS — Tractor Supply Co. on Silver Bridge Memorial that connects to Eastern Avenue donated 70 bags of animal feed Monday to the Gallia County K-9 Shelter.
Tractor Supply Co. employees loaded a skid’s worth of animal food into the back of the Gallia County K-9 Shelter’s truck on a wet Monday morning. Among those food bags, some are 20- pound bags, some are seven-pound bags and others are 40-pound bags, as well as an undetermined amount of canned food.
“We do an annual refresh,” said Tractor Supply Co. Manager Joyce McDonald. “When we do this, the vendors tell us to donate it (the food). We do a buyback with the vendors and they say instead of shipping it back to them, they tell us to donate it to our choice (of animal cause). So we donate it to the Gallia County (K-9) Shelter. They are great to support us.”
According to McDonald and Laurie Cardillo, Gallia County dog warden, the shelter will have pet adoption events at the Tractor Supply Co. location roughly twice a year. The pair said they would like to do an adoption event at least once a month. It can be a challenging task as the animals are in different environments, encountering different smells and sounds. Cardillo said it is a worthy endeavor if it means getting new homes for the animals.
McDonald said she was the owner of two dogs, one having recently passed. Her golden retriever, Lucy, is around nine years old and “spoiled rotten.” She is also the owner of a potbellied pig.
“We’ll help out the (dog) shelter any way we can with adoptions or food,” McDonald said.
According to Cardillo, there were around 25 bags of cat food in the bundle and the shelter would be donating the food supplies to Patty Jones with the Friends of Gallia County Animals for their foster cats. The Gallia County K-9 Shelter only handles dog adoptions and cases.
Cardillo said she can feed around 15 dogs a day with a five-gallon bucket of food. She will leave “two scoops” of food for each animal in their bowl during feed time. She did admit, however, the size of the dog also determines the amount of food they may consume. A chihuahua is not going to eat the same amount of food as a Labrador retriever.
Some dog owners recommend feeding a breed like a Labrador roughly two cups of feed per day at 371 calories per cup for a total of 740 calories per day. Veterinarians should always be consulted when determining what is the best nutritional requirement for a pet.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.