For Pets’ Sake raises more than $1,000 for animals in 1 day

Proceeds go to the Coulee Region Humane Society, La Crosse County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit and La Crosse Hunger Task Force.

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) — The last six dogs that Jeff Koby has owned have been rescue dogs.

“As you can see I’ve got two of them in my car,” Koby said.

Koby is one of the dozens of people who went to Blain’s Farm and Fleet in Onalaska Friday and donated to pets in need during For Pets’ Sake, a benefit co-sponsored by WKBT.

Proceeds and donations will go to the Coulee Region Humane Society, the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit and the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse.

Koby said he’s glad to benefit the humane society, adding that he took one of his dogs to a training class there.

“If they need the help and I can do it why not,” Koby said.

Shelly Fortner, executive director of the Hunger Task Force,  also attended For Pets’ Sake.

The event was important because it was designed to meet the needs of the community, she said, adding that, when a family goes hungry, so do the pets.

“You know we’ve got a lot of low-income families that are looking for food for themselves and food for their pets,” she said.

La Crosse County sheriff’s deputies in the K-9 unit work another 16 hours each month to take care of dogs, said Deputy Robert Kachel.

The dogs play a vital role in sniffing out drugs, Kachel said.

“We’ve had a lot of methamphetamine and heroin issues in the La Crosse area,” Kachel said. “And without those dogs we wouldn’t be finding those drugs.”

Overall, the For Pets’ Sake benefit raised more than $1,000 in cash donations, along with a cart of pet food and other items for animals in our area.

Anyone who wants to donate can still do so. From now until the end of June, a donation bin will sit near the exit of Blain’s Farm and Fleet.

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