Tons of dog food donated to Humane Society

Article Published: Jan. 26, 2012 | Modified: Jan. 26, 2012
Tons of dog food donated to Humane Society

Laurie Vierheller, executive director of the Avery County Humane Society, and Cathy Johnson of Mountain Dog and Friends, welcome the arrival of donated Darford dog food last week in Newland.

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While it was raining cats and dogs last week, it rained dog food and treats at the Avery and Watauga Humane Societies.

Working with Mountain Dog and Friends, the dog and cat specialty shop in Foscoe, pet food manufacturer Darford 5,000 pound of food and treats to the High Country’s two shelters, just as cold winter weather arrived.

The Avery Humane Society and Watauga Humane Society each received at least 2,400 pounds of high quality, grain-free Zero/G Darford dog food and a shipping palette of treats.

Lynn Northup, adoption center manager at the Watauga Humane Society, said, “We have a wonderful new building, but the economy is down, donations are down, and it’s always a struggle.

This donation could not have come at a better time.”

Laurie Vierheller, executive director of the Avery County Humane Society, said, “We are so grateful for Darford’s generous gift of high-quality dog food. This helps us with our operating budget, but it also gives us the gratification of knowing that the dogs are getting nutritious, filling meals that will keep them happy and healthy while they are in our care.”

Mountain Dog owner Cathy Johnson arranged the donation with Darford, a Canadian manufacturer of premium pet foods that shares Johnson’s mission of bringing nutritious foods and treats to local dogs and cats whether or not they have a home.

“Darford is a top North American manufacturer of dog foods that don’t contain the pesticides and contaminants found in even well-known commercial brands,” Johnson said. “‘Made in the USA’ is a mission at Mountain Dog, but we include Canada, because Canadians share our concern for quality.”

Johnson works closely with both Humane Societies and chose Darford in part because of the company’s “Plus One Movement,” where, for every bag of food or treats purchased, Darford donates food to a shelter of the purchaser’s choice. Last week’s donation starts the process of adding High Country Humane Societies to that program.

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