I don't know how you feel, but the news of the 150 animal hoarding case discovered in Stephenson County this week hurts my heart and sickens me to the core. I'm glad they now have a suspect in custody, and I truly hope justice is served and that she gets the mental help she obviously needs. Now I'm wondering, what can we do to help these poor, innocent animals? Here's the answer.

The over 60 surviving animals found have been sent to animal shelters throughout  Stephenson County, including Freeport Animal Hospital and Freeport's Friends Forever Humane Society. They are malnourished, and in desperate need of love and medical attention. Shelter staff and volunteers are working hard to care for these sweet, furry souls, and here are some of the supplies they need:

  • Purina dog and puppy food
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Paper towels
  • Scrubber brushes
  • Towels
  • Small blankets
  • Large squeegees
  • Garbage bags
  • Paper food trays
  • Spray nozzles for hoses
  • Metal pooper scoopers
  • Dust pans
  • Blue tarps
  • Metal garbage cans
  • Pill pockets
  • Zip ties
  • Peanut butter

If you are able to pick up any of these supplies over the weekend, or if you want to simply make a monetary donation, you can drop them off at Freeport Animal Hospital at 321 E South St., or Friends Forever Humane Society at 966 W Rudy Rd, in Freeport. Donations will also be accepted at Pecatonica High School at 1300 Main St. in Pecatonica through noon on Friday, March 27.

If you know of any other locations accepting donations for these animals, please share the information in the comments section below.

Together we can make a difference.