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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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  • Guest789

    How much of a loser do you have to be to go and steal a donation?? This just shows how petty people are, here are people trying to help with these animals and some jerk has to come and steal from them. Whoever took the food should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Guest555

    I have lived here for 13 years and never knew walmart donated this pet food. Wonder who did???????? Should not be hard to figure out. And where are those walmart cameras? Hummmmmm

  • Guest125489

    a dog then maybe they would have soooo many. I worked there as a volunteer for a while and found a dog that I really clicked with, but when I went through the process of trying to adopt her I was denied. Why??? Because I had a daughter to the current world champion coonhound and she was not spayed…of course she wasn’t spayed, she’s a grand nite champion and grand show champion and we plan on breeding her this year for the FIRST time.
    BTW the dog I wanted to adopt was intended to be a house dog, but instead of it going home with me where it would be loved and cared for in the A/C chilling on the couch, she was stuck in a kennel OUTSIDE IN THE HEAT and I’m sure she is probably still there.

  • Guest of the hour

    How great of you to purposefully contribute to the animal overpopulation problem. That’ll show em!

  • Guest125489

    you obviously have no clue about responsible breeding…guess your parents didn’t either and that’s why you are here. But here’s an example:

    Anyone who buys one of our dogs has to sign a contract that stipulates IF the dog can ever be bred and what criteria has to be met BEFORE it is bred.

    Such as:

    1) If a puppy is bought as a pet it MUST be fixed before it is 8 months old.

    2)If the puppy is bought as a pleasure hound (meaning not a show/competition dog…I figured your incompetent mind needed an explanation)then it MUST ALSO be fixed before it is 8 months old.

    3)If the puppy is sold as a show/competition dog then it CANNOT be bred until it has been titled (meaning it’s proven as a show/competition dog and has multiple wins)

    4)If the dog is eligible for breeding then, depending on the age, it can be bred, but no more than 4 times.

    5)It cannot be bred back to it’s father (which I’m guessing was your case), mother, brother, sister, cousin (within a certain number of generations), grandmother or grandfather.

    Notice I said this was the FIRST time this dog has been bred?? No, I guess you didn’t. I bet you’re one of those people that have something against hunting too.
    Get the drift, or did that inbreeding zap your mind???

  • tootie

    …its sad that someone would steal a donation of dog food… but I hope that on the bright side some sort of straving animals were fed…

    But is there any way that the rest of us could help with donations??
    More dog food?
    Money donations??

    Anything to help the furry ones

  • hUMANE

    first off I am totally against backyard shelters. to me they seem to be knockoffs. in fact i believe that if these backyard shelters would stand back and let the the local animal control do their job. I guarantee there would not be a “Over-population” of dogs. if you want to be a Captain save everything then YOU should have the funds to back yourself. You should not have to rely on anyone to take care of your business for you. That means that I should take a pair of clippers with me the next time I go to my barber. Really? Nope. As far as the “stolen dog food” how can it be stolen if she was getting if for free? Also I know for a fact that if a person comes along with the right kind of cash , that shelter would gladly sale the dog under the table. It’s all about the money right? They need shots, they need surgeries, blah,blah. News flash if you have more than you can handle A. euthanize the dogs. B give the dogs to someone who CAN take care of them or C get a real job. I bet you are exempt from certain taxes too or are you? Just curious. Ban backyard shelters people

  • BackyardShelter35YearsLater

    You’re an idiot. The “backyard shelter” where I work in central Texas was started in 1975. Animal control “did their job” back before the shelter was built…by taking strays to the landfill and blowing their brains out. It was the only option because there wasn’t an animal shelter. The surrounding counties continue to do it even today because they don’t have an animal shelter. The woman who started our “backyard shelter” 35 years ago relied entirely on donations and the goodwill of people around her.

    Animal control “handled” the overpopulation with a gun and a trash bag, and guess what? Animals ran around in the street, and just kept breeding. People got ticked because their pets were rounded up and killed without so much as a call to the number on the tag.

    It’s 2011, and our “backyard shelter” is still 100% reliant on donations from the public to survive. The population of animals in our County has dropped almost 40% in the past thirty-five years. You won’t find animals running around in the streets anymore, and people donate all the time because we are were they go for their pets, lost or new. We have a separate donation fund to get low-income families’ pets fixed.

    I bet she is exempt from certain taxes, too. We are. We are also required by law to give all pets vaccinations, rabies shots, microchips, spay/neuter surgeries, and so much more. We are required to report all of our donations as “income.”

    This is a real job, but it sure doesn’t pay more than minimum wage. That’s because unlike a “real job,” we’re not in it for the money, we’re in it for the cause. In fact, the whole reason shelters like us need donations is because it costs us more to house the pet than we get in adoption money. At the end of the year, we are always several thousand dollars short, which we get through a holiday fundraiser.

    How can dog food be stolen, if she’s getting it for free? Part of the tax-exempt status involves reporting food donations. The donations are part of your “income” for the year. The people who stole the food actually stole money as far as the tax man is concerned.

    You sound like an ignoramus. Go learn about the subject before you spout your idiocy to the masses.


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