Overdue help for SPCA'S food bank

CAN-NINES COLLECTION: Invercargill City Library library assistant Eve Moodie, left, Southland SPCA animal manager Mary Bradley and Buster the dog check out more than 400 cans and packets of pet food library users traded for library fines.
CAN-NINES COLLECTION: Invercargill City Library library assistant Eve Moodie, left, Southland SPCA animal manager Mary Bradley and Buster the dog check out more than 400 cans and packets of pet food library users traded for library fines.

Books have never been so appetising for our furry friends.

Invercargill City Library handed over more than 400 cans, packets, and boxes of pet food to the Southland SPCA yesterday, following their successful Food for Fines campaign last week.

Library assistant Eve Moodie said the library offered to waive $5 off overdue book fines in exchange for a can of pet food.

Hundreds came with cans in hand, and the library waived more than $2000 of fines, she said.

Southland SPCA operations manager Richard Hay said the food would be stockpiled for the busy kitten season, which is due to hit in about 8 weeks.

During kitten season, the SPCA uses up to 120 cans of either kitten or cat food a day, he said.

When there were a lot of dogs and puppies up for adoption, the shelter went through 40kg to 50kg of dog food every day.

The Southland Times