Blain's to provide no-cost chow to humane society

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

JANESVILLE—Every year, more than 2,000 animals pass through the doors of the Rock County Humane Society.

That means mealtimes can get crazy—and they definitely get expensive.

On Tuesday, the Rock County Humane Society announced Blain's Farm & Fleet will be providing food at no cost to adult dogs and cats housed at the society's main shelter on Arch Street.

The shelter goes through nearly 10 tons of dog and cat food a year, according to staff estimates, so the donation is significant, said Rock County Humane Society Executive Director Brett Frazier.

Some of that food has been donated and some had to be bought, so it's difficult to estimate how much the Farm & Fleet donation will save the shelter, Frazier said in an interview.

“We're so grateful to the folks at Blain's Farm & Fleet for their generosity and their support,” Frazier said in the news release. “It's really just tremendous.”

The food will amount to a pallet of cat food and a pallet of dog food each quarter, Frazier said.

Previously, the humane society received a significant amount of food from Mound's Petfood Warehouse. The business severed its relationship with the humane society in January. At the time, then-director Angela Rhodes said the move would cause a “huge increase” in costs for the shelter.

Less than a month later, Rhodes, was no longer director of the shelter.

Frazier, who started as director in June, has been trying to re-establish good relations with municipalities and businesses that struggled with some of Rhodes' decisions.

“We didn't go a good job of managing our relationship with Mounds,” Frazier said. “I don't blame those folks for any of the actions they took. I hope in the future we can work with them again.”

The shelter can't operate without strong partnerships in the community, Frazier said.

“I've been working to build them back. Any business or individual who wants to jump on board and help us shoulder the load is a friend of mine, and I'd love to sit down and talk about how we can work together,” Frazier said in the news release.

The average shelter stay for cats is 40 days. For dogs, it's 20 days.

Consistent nutrition is crucial to the health of the animals. As a side benefit, consistent food means animals are less likely to have upset stomachs and digestive tracts, Frazier said.

“Without getting into too much detail, it makes clean-up easier,” Frazier said.

Frazier said the humane society still is accepting pet food donations.

The society still needs kitten and puppy food and maintains a stock of food for people who are struggling to make ends meet and feed their animals. They even take open bags of food.

“There's still a very large segment of people out there  who are struggling to make ends meet,” Frazier said. “When we have pets in safe and loving homes, we want to help keep them there rather than have them become strays.”

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