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Over the weekend the Sioux Falls Humane Society received many donations after sending a message on Friday about how they were out of dog food.

Although they have enough for now, shelter volunteers said the need is still great.

As of Sunday more than 100 dogs call the Sioux Falls Humane Society home.
Some are here because they don't have a home, others because their owner may have had trouble taking care of them.

But there comes a time when the shelter needs a little help too.

"If everyone brought in a bag of food at any size, it would help so much,” said Alma Sehovic, Volunteer Coordinator for Sioux Falls Humane Society.

Although the shelter got a little help over the weekend and has enough food for the time being- it will only last for about two weeks- because they go through about three to four bags of food each day.

“I would say at least three to four a day of the biggest Purina Dog Chow bag,” said Sehovic.

With the struggling economy and the Sioux Empire expanding, Alma Sehovic, the volunteer coordinator at the Humane Society said the amount of dogs they get varies greatly.

“We may have a lot of dogs brought in,” said Sehovic. “We may have had 40 dogs brought in over the weekend, or ten.”

And for a shelter that runs solely based off of donations, the large influx of dogs can create problems.

Often times, there's just not enough food to go around.

When the Humane Society does run out of food, and they don't get any donations, they have to take the money from other funds. And some of those funds include the animals’ medical funds.

“Or taking an animal to the emergency clinic when they are in need of an emergency, or if they are hurt or injured,” said Sehovic.

Sehovic said even if they do run out of food they make sure the animals are cared for and always have a place to stay.

“We would still keep the animals, regardless. We do anything to make sure they are happy and healthy,” Sehovic said.

And as man's best friend awaits a new home for now, the one thing to keep them happy, is a full belly.

Sehovic also said dog food ranges from $11 to $25 a bag, and all sizes are welcomed.
She also said if you are unable to drop the food off, the shelter can make arrangements to come and pick it up from your home.

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