You can help restock local animal shelters with pet food starting Thursday night. Lewis Drugs in Sioux Falls, Madison, Huron and Brookings are accepting donations of dog and cat chow through Sunday during Operation Feed-a-Pet.
A sprawling 10-thousand square foot vacant warehouse on the north side of Sioux Falls will serve as a cavernous collection point for pet food dropped off at Lewis Drug stores.
"It's heated and air conditioned so it's climate-controlled so there won't be any issues with snow and ice or heat and humidity,' Jans Corp. President Brian Jans said.
The Jans Corporation is adding more kennel and office space to the humane society. In the meantime, the construction project will put a squeeze on storage space. So the donated pet food will be stacked up at the old warehouse for the humane society to pick up.
"We just center it off in a kind of corner, put it in a place that's easily accessible as they need it, there's both a drive-through door and a loading dock so depending on how they shipments need to come in or go out," Jans said.
Lewis is offering discounts on dog and cat chow, so customers can purchase the food and drop it off at the store.
"It's important to help out because the humane society does a lot of great things for the community, it supplies pets to all of us," Lewis Southgate Manager Bob Deaton said.
Lewis will also sweeten the deal by matching the first one ton of donations.
"Just to give back, just to show the community that if they're willing to give, we as a business are willing to give back," Deaton said.
Donors dropped off 8-tons of food during last year's drive. There will be plenty room in the temporary pet food pantry to store even more donations this year.
You can also drop off donations of pet beds, blankets and dog chew-toys.
Saturday afternoon, humane society volunteers and adoptable puppies will be at the Lewis stores at 41st & Minnesota and 69th & Louise.