Non-profit Feeds Four-Legged Friends

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His unwavering tail wag and delightful demeanor make it hard to believe that just six months ago, this two year old lab and boxer mix, named Atticus, was found feral, dying from starvation and infections caused by porcupine quills.
But one of his rescuers, and now his owner, says Atticus' story inspired her to pitch in to save more paws.
"We kind of named it after him in that he was starving, simply because he was abandoned," said Alison Smith, Atticus' owner.
Smith recently launched Atti's Eats, a 501c (3) non-profit that provides struggling pet-owners with food and supplies, who otherwise might be forced to surrender their pet to a shelter.
"They have this dog and they don't want to get rid of it and they just need a little boost, that's where we want to come in and help," said Smith.
With many animal shelters across the state filled to capacity, Smith says it's important to keep those spaces available for neglected and abused animals.
"It seems counterproductive to take an animal that has a loving home but is going through a hard time maybe for a month or two or six or what have you."
Everything from cat and dog food to litter boxes and toys can be donated.
"We've been hearing that some people for example on the meals on wheels program have been sharing their food with their pet because they can't afford to feed their pet,"said Smith.
And aiding animals is nothing new for Smith, who is also the founder of Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue.
"We feel like we're staying true to our mission, in that, we are providing help and hope for pets and the people that own them," said Smith.
She says she is hoping Atti's Eats will be statewide soon and is looking for volunteers in areas like Minot, Dickinson and Williston to collect and distribute donations. And with Atticus as its mascot, the non-profit is providing for as many paws as possible.