Animal Control facility feeling the donation pinch - needs dog, cat food

Food is needed at Mohave County Animal Control, where animals unfortunate enough to end up at the last-stop facility wait to be adopted or re-claimed by their owners.

"We are facing a shortage of food for the animals," said Lane Plunkett, Mohave County Animal Control operations supervisor.

"If we had more food we could keep the animals alive longer, giving them a better chance to be adopted."

Six thousand or more creatures - mostly dogs and cats, but also the occasional hamster, pot-bellied pig or domestic lizard - end up at the facility each year, but only about 20 percent are adopted out to new homes or reunited with their owners.

The rest are euthanized to make room for the steady flow of new arrivals.

"We want people to adopt the animals," Plunkett said.

"We want to give each animal an opportunity to be adopted, but we are in need of additional food to keep these animals alive long enough for people to come look at them."

The tight county budget doesn't allow for additional funds for more food, so the facility relies on donations, which have been in short supply lately, Plunkett added.

"We had a food drive five or six years ago, and got a lot of donations of dog and cat food and kitty litter," said Kingman shelter supervisor, Carol Sherrard.

Sherrad said the same people who donated to the drive continued to donate items for years to come, but those donations have recently dwindled to next to nothing.

"We are out to make a plea again for more food," she said.

"This allows us to keep the animals just a little bit longer.

Just a day or two can make a difference between being adopted or being euthanized."

Plunkett said if he doesn't get the food he needs through donations he will have to contact other Arizona county animal control facilities.

To donate food, or cat litter, bring the items to the Mohave County Animal Control facility at 950 Buchanan St.

Plunkett said he also wants to make people aware that there are a lot of good animals in shelters.

"The animal shelter is an excellent source for a family pet," he said.