Benton Franklin Humane Society in Need of Help Despite Spike in Donations
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Organizers at the Benton-Franklin Humane Society say they've seen a spike in donations over the holiday season, but there are still things they need.
Ed Dawson, operations manager for the shelter, says the humane society is very appreciative for the donations they've received, especially during tough economic times. Dawson says they always need more dog and cat food, toys, paper shreddings, cleaning supplies, and litter. And, of course, they accept cash donations.
Although shelter organizers are happy that people are in the giving spirit, they discourage giving an animal as a gift.
"What we don't like to see is somebody getting surprised by a puppy or a kitten who doesn't really want it", says Dawson. "Then it just ends up back here".
Dawson says bringing a pet into your home is like adopting a new member of the family, so picking one out is a process that should be done as a family.
The humane society is having their annual "Santa Paws" event Friday and Saturday. You can get your pet's picture with Santa for $20. All proceeds go to the humane society, which is at 8620 W. Gage Boulevard. Friday it goes from 12pm to 4, then Saturday from 10am to 3pm.