DOTHAN, Al. (WTVY) The Dothan animal shelter is getting a small donation. But it’s money that again shines the spotlight on a big problem. It’s a problem of too many animals and not enough dollars.
"This is a request from the police department to accept funding from the Walmart foundation, local communities program to be used for save a dog animal life program, said Dothan City Manager, Mike West.
The grant is for $500 not much in the scheme of things. But for the city's animal shelter every little bit helps.
"This is something that's good. It’s going to go towards saving just a few more animals lives", said Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish.
The last few months have been challenging. Some sixty dogs were seized in march from an alleged Dothan puppy mill. Bill Banks sees the animals every day.
"They’ve adjusted well to being here to having some human interaction, actually being taken care of properly", said Banks, the Animal Service manager at the Dothan Animal Shelter.
The cost of caring for the dogs has been draining on an already tight budget.
"We’ve put about forty-thousand dollars into the care of the puppies and the birds”, said Parrish.
When the dogs were seized there was a flurry of donations. But few come in now. That's why any amount of money including $500 from Walmart, can be put to good use. Tax-exempt donations to the shelter can be made through the non-profit Dothan Police Foundation. The Walmart grant will be finalized in a couple of weeks.