DETROIT -

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is asking for donations to fill its free pet food bank, with the goal of keeping more families together and having fewer homeless animals in our community.

The food bank assists qualifying low-income families in metro Detroit by providing them with dog or cat food at no charge.

Low-income pet owners can pick up one bag of food every week to feed their hungry pets.

More than 2,000 pet owners have registered for this program.

"Every day, great numbers of area pet owners depend on the MHS pet food bank to feed their four-legged family members," said Debby MacDonald, MHS Chief Cruelty Investigator and MHS Detroit Facility Director. "These are people like you and me who love animals but who may have fallen on hard times. Without programs like these, they’d be forced to give up their best friend."

The program relies on the generosity of the public through individual food donations, community service pet food drives and businesses collecting donations.

One area mother-daughter team, Betty and Kelly Tower, is tackling the ongoing need directly by clipping coupons, working with pet store managers and waiting in line for special sales.

Together, they have donated more than 5 tons of pet food to the food bank over the past several years

Pet food donations can be dropped off at anyone of the three MHS centers for animal care locations in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland.