A local resident delivered a surprise early Christmas present to the Humane Society of North Iowa last week.
“He told us that he’d like to make a donation of a ton of dog food. It just blew us away. We were overwhelmed. That’s two thousand pounds,” said Executive Director Sybil Soukup.
Garth Jordan of Osage, Iowa droped off fifty, forty-pound bags of dog food at the shelter last Thursday. The donation, valued at approximately $1000, will account for roughly half of the Humane Society’s annual food supply.
Like most non-profits, the Humane Society does not receive state or federal funding, and relies on donations in order to maintain operations.
“We have a lot of donors here in Mason City, corporations that do donate, but it’s just never enough. It seems like so this was really a great Christmas gift,” said shelter manager Tracy Hamand.
Jordan’s generosity will spare the shelter’s dogs from a common ailment: digestive upset caused by constant changes in diet. Soukup says allowing the dogs to eat the same brand of food for six months will keep them healthier.
“When you switch brands it often causes digestive issues or can weaken an immune system for a dog and so by keeping them on the same diet for a long length of time it keeps them healthier. And it helps them gain weight if they’re needing to do that,” she said.
When asked why he was making such a generous donation, Jordan said he just wanted to do something kind in memory of one of his beloved former dogs.