With the season of giving approaching, many Marin County pet owners and their furry companions are in need of donated pet food, toys and treats, according to the Marin Humane Society.
The Marin Humane Society, based in Novato, is accepting donations through their SHARE, or Special Human-Animal Relationships, program in time for the holidays.
The year-round program serves 228 low-income seniors throughout the county and their more than 300 companion animals, which breaks down to 175 cats, 115 dogs and 16 birds. During the holidays, calls for one-time assistance bump up, adding 20 to 30 people in need of pet supplies a month.
Marin Humane Society spokeswoman Carrie Harrington said all types of food -- including all sorts of cat and dog foods -- are in demand, and the center is looking for an even bigger increase in donations.
"There's an increase in demand from people who need those services," Harrington said.
Anytime the center is open at 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd. in Novato people can drop off food, toys and other treats.
Center staff will give donated supplies intended for humans to the appropriate sites around the county that can use those items for county residents in need, Harrington said.
Those wishing to give money to the SHARE program can mail a check to the humane center.
The program will fill gift bags and make the holiday donations in mid-December.
Harrington said unopened food is preferred, but the center will accept any items that can be used by animals.
--Bay City News Service
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