TUSCUMBIA — The Colbert County Animal Shelter is depending on donations from the public to make ends meet and to feed the animals in its care. Food was not a budgeted item because until a few months ago Sunshine Mills in Red Bay supplied all the food.

A restructuring of how the company sampled its products eliminated surplus and the partially-opened bags that they would then donate to the shelter.

Since losing that source of pet food, the shelter has been surviving on donations, fundraisers, and employee contributions.

“We use a minimum of 100 pounds of kitty litter in a few days because we have so many cats,” said Colbert County Animal Control employee Sue Gentry. “Dog food is a necessity. As far as dry food for dogs and cats, it’s getting scary.”

Corey Speegle is member of the Huntsville Search Dog Unit who lives in the Shoals. The unit is a non-profit that provides cadaver dogs, search dogs, and tracking dog services to law enforcement agencies.

The unit planned on purchasing 500 pounds of dog food from Rural King in Muscle Shoals last week for the shelter at a reduced rate. When store management found out where the food was going, they just gave the food to Speegle at no charge to deliver to the shelter. Members of the group returned to the store later that night to purchase some dry cat food for the shelter.

To help or donate food, call 256-381-4073.