DOTHAN, Ala (WTVY) -- On Thursday, WTVY held its 5th Annual Pet Food Drive benefiting the Wiregrass Humane Society.
For 12 hours people drove down North Foster Street to drop off bags and cans of cat and dog food, and others gave gift cards or cash. People donated $1,069 and 2,382 lbs of pet food.
For the Wiregrass Humane Society, which survives from donations and events like this, it came just in time.
"Right now is puppy and kitten season, so all of the rescues are pretty flooded with puppies and kittens. Every day pretty much somebody has found a litter of puppies that's been dumped or a litter of kittens that's been dumped," said Tammy Curtiss of the Wiregrass Humane Society.
The food collected will be about a six month supply for the shelter that cares for around 100 lost and abandoned animals at a time.
New donors show up each year, but it wasn't the first walk in the park for some.
“I do this every year. I think they're doing such a great thing and I’m an animal lover, so I just want to help as much as I can," said pet owner Shirlene Hoffman.
Dr. Robert Martin is a veterinary surgeon and runs Southern Regional Veterinary Specialists and helps sponsor this event.
"We appreciate the people that support it and then adopt these pets that otherwise wouldn't have homes," Martin says.
Donations also allow the shelter to get care for those with medical conditions.