Pups Hoppy, left, and Max, right, eagerly look on as Karen Johnwick, executive director of the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society, left, and Sarah Labensky, owner of Wag, open boxes of new dog and cat food bowls purchased for the animal shelter with donations from shoppers at the pet boutique in downtown Columbus. Photo by: Coutesy Photo
June 13, 2009
The Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society reached one of its current goals recently by raising the funds necessary to purchase new food and water bowls for all of the animal shelter''s kennels.
With assistance from Wag, a pet boutique in downtown Columbus, the CLHS has acquired over 200 stainless steel and anti-microbial bowls. Wag and the humane society collected donations for this project over the past three months, and Wag turned to its vendors to purchase the bowls at special prices.
Karen Johnwick, executive director of the CLHS, stressed the importance of the new food and water bowls when feeding the many animals housed at the shelter.
"Many of our bowls are cracked, chipped or rusted. These new bowls will reduce the risk of spreading bacteria and disease among the animals. Also, having plenty of good quality, uniformly-sized bowls means that shelter employees can do their jobs more efficiently," said Johnwick.
Elizabeth Nickoles, manager at Wag, said, "Our customers have been terrific about supporting the humane society, especially through this project. Bowls are one of those things that get taken for granted, and this campaign has raised awareness of that need."
The Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society is a tax-exempt organization that receives a portion of its funding through contracts to care for unwanted or stray animals from Columbus and Lowndes County. However, a large portion of the animal shelter''s operating expenses come from private donations and fundraising events. The animal shelter is located at 13 Airline Road.