For Pets’ Sake event helps local animal shelters and raises mental health awareness

The event helped raise roughly 500 toys, 2,000 pounds of food, and $3,000 in money donations

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) – During the pandemic,  a lot of us realized just how much our pets really do for us.

Veterans also know how important they can be in helping with PTSD.

A West Salem business owner thought it was time we did something for our furry companions and he came up with For Pets’ Sake that happened Friday. It helps the Coulee Region Humane Society and the La Crosse County K-9 Unit.

When something catches your attention, sometimes you feel the need to do something about it.

“We just happened to drive up for some other products we needed to get at Farm & Fleet,” Brian Ferris said, who donated dog food. “And we saw the signs and I thought it would be a good idea….Those animals do need the help.”

The event is a partnership between News 8 Now, Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Noble Custom Woodshop to help out the humane society and the La Crosse County K-9 Unit.

“So far, it’s been going pretty good,” Noble Custom Woodshop owner Daniel Noble said. “We got a bunch of donations coming in.”

That includes pet food, toys and cash.

“If people keep showing up, we’ll run as late as we need to,” Noble said.

But Noble helped organize this event for more than just donations.

“I did this in honor of a fallen vet, local, that lost his battle to PTSD,” Noble said.

For those struggling out there, animals can be your supporters, too.

“With PTSD dogs and all the other dogs that are for mental health, I’ve been passionate about that,” Noble said.

It’s a cause the people have embraced through generosity.

“A lot of them have been pet advocates,” Noble said.

Proving that a simple idea could turn into something big for the community.

People donated roughly 500 pet toys, about 2,000 pounds of food, and $3,000 in money donations.