Murrells Inlet pet food bank sustains family's mission - WBTW-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Florence, SC

Murrells Inlet pet food bank sustains family's mission

Murrells Inlet pet food bank sustains family's mission

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Futurecast - Hourly forecast in images

    WBTW Stormtracker 13 Futurecast

    Get a look at where and when the weather will be in your area!
    Plan your day and get a look at where and when the weather will be in your area!
  • Mom finds dead body during son's Easter egg hunt

    Mom finds dead body during son's Easter egg hunt

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:48:41 GMT
    A woman from west Knoxville found a body under her deck while hunting for Easter eggs with her son Wednesday. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Tara Hanouskova smelled an odor that progressively got
    A woman from west Knoxville found a body under her deck while hunting for Easter eggs with her son Wednesday. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Tara Hanouskova smelled an odor that progressively got
  • SC teen dies in boating accident

    SC teen dies in boating accident

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:13:01 GMT
    Two people are dead and two others missing after a boating accident on Lake Erie in Ohio. Among the dead is 17-year-old Paige Widmer of Pelion, South Carolina. A spokesperson for the Ottawa County, Ohio
    Two people are dead and two others missing after a boating accident on Lake Erie in Ohio. Among the dead is 17-year-old Paige Widmer of Pelion, South Carolina. A spokesperson for the Ottawa County, Ohio

MURRELLS INLET (WBTW) - If it's a good Monday morning, that means Tabitha Custer and her brother, Steve Donahue, have a lot of pet food cans and bags to sort.

The two, along with many other Donahue family members, operate Keep Our Pets Food Bank, the only pet food-only food bank in this part of South Carolina.

"From September to December, we helped 61 families," said Custer. "In January alone, we added 19 new clients."

The client families have to apply, and meet certain criteria: the food bank will only help two pets per family, will not help feral cats, and will only help pets that are spayed or neutered. Also, it will not provide assistance unless a family can show proof that it is needy (on disability or some form of assistance or unemployed.)

"I know people who had $70,000 jobs who now have nothing," said Custer. "They've had their pets eight or nine years, and they were able to take care of them. Something happened that they no longer can."

The food bank first opened last year, after Tabitha's mother, Linda Donahue--long associated with Coastal Animal Rescue--saw the need for families who needed assistance with pet food costs (instead of giving up their pets altogether).  Linda was diagnosed with cancer not long after, and died just a few months later.  Tabitha and her family took over in September.

"She was a very special person," said Custer of her mother. "They called her 'Mighty Mouse.'"

"It feels good," she said of running the food bank. "To be able to know that people are at home at night with their pets, and their pets aren't at the shelters, it feels really good."

Keep Our Pets Food Bank can receive donations at 4764 U.S. Highway 17 Bypass South in Murrells Inlet on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. until noon, Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. 

For more information, you can call (843) 651-0778.

Powered by WorldNow

101 McDonald Court
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

Telephone: 843.293.1301
Fax: 843.293.1760
Email: news@wbtw.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company