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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County woman says she’s trying to do what’s right, and now she has to work a little bit harder after someone took her donations.

Nancy Janovetz is the founder of Paw’s Place animal shelter in Winnabow. She says her weekly donation of dog food was stolen. Now she’s doing what she can to get by.

“We’re counting our pennies. This is counting pennies time,” Janovetz said. “So, we’re really struggling, and in 12 years, this has been one of the hardest.”

Janovetz says in more than a decade, she has never been so pressed for funds. She says the pressure is on now that one of the donations given to the shelter by Walmart was taken last week.

“It’s just something that we count on, and when you count on something and you don’t have it, that’s when it puts you in a bind,” she said.

Walmart gives Paws Place dog food every week, but last Friday, when a volunteer went to pick up the food, it had already been taken.

Janovetz says this throws off the shelter’s game plan.

“It’s not just the food, it’s the money,” Janovetz said. “The dogs have increased because of the lack of funds in the economy. People are losing jobs and dumping their dogs.”

Volunteer Darlene Lewis says donations, like those from Walmart, keep the shelter up and running. She says having someone take their much needed food is devastating.

“We need donations just to stay alive,” Lewis said. “All of our dogs, the ones that come in, they all need shots, they all need to be spayed and neutered. That all costs money.”

Both Lewis and Janovetz says they will continue to do everything they can for their dogs. They just hope their food will not be taken again.

Janovetz says the shelter now has a password with Walmart so that workers know who is a volunteer picking up the donations.

For more information on how you can help Paws Place visit http://www.pawsplace.org.

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