Thursday, March 19, 2020

Compassionate Shoppers Support Animals Up For Adoption

Today when a county employee went to a local store to stock up on supplies for the office, it started out not much different than any other. For one Mesa County Animal Services (MCAS) officer, buying dog food for the shelter animals is just another part of his job duties even with the COVID-19 public health crisis.

The officer initially connected with the store manager about the current dog food shortage they are experiencing. The shortage has limited shoppers to purchasing one bag of dog food; however, the manager granted the officer an additional bag for purchase because of the shelter status.

Photo Courtesy of MCAS of Kevin Bozarth, MCAS Officer 
While the Animal Services officer was talking to the store manager, multiple store employees and customers overheard the request to purchase dog food. The employees and customers then took it upon themselves to buy bags of dog food and donate those bags onsite to the officer as donations to shelter dogs. The compassion and generosity of these people made it possible for the officer to return to the Mesa County Animal Control shelter with an additional eight bags of dog food, for a total of 10 bags.

And yet this amazing story isn't over. After the shift of another store employee ended, one more bag of dog food was delivered to the shelter, and now our daily donation of dog food is up to nine bags.

From the MCAS staff:  "Thank you to the extremely generous people for coming to the aid of shelter dogs during these hard times."

If you would like to donate dog or cat food to MCAS, they are located at 971A Coffman Road in Whitewater. You can also call them at (970) 242-4646 or email them at

In addition to food donations, they are in pressing need of non-clumping cat litter, and can always use towels (used is great) and treats for both dogs and cats.

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