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Lending a Hand: A partnership between the Mower county Humane Society and Hormel is getting a dog and her puppies adopted

A mama dog and her six pups are getting a little local help from Hormel Foods Corporation because of a connection between the two — chili.

The lab- shepard mix, whose name is Chili, along with her puppies are having all of their adoption fees paid for by Hormel in a partnership with Hormel brand chili. On top of that, the company is donating $1,000 to the Mower County Humane Society. Employees also donated colors, T-shirts, dog toys and treats.

The announcement was made Thursday at the Humane Society as the puppies and Chili herself excitedly met and played with employees from Hormel on hand for the announcement.

“On behalf of Hormel brand chili, we’re incredibly inspired by the work you do everyday,” said Jason Baskin, a marketing director at Hormel.

Chili’s family came to the Humane Society from an indian reservation in South Dakota with which the Humane Society has been partnered. Luckily, the mild-mannered lab’s future already has a happy ending.

“The mother is a lab-shepard mix and is a very, very laid back puppy dog,” said Barry Rush who manages the dog side of the Humane Society adding, “She’s been adopted already.”

That just leaves the puppies who are eight weeks old and could be ready for adoption as early as next week.

“We’re taking applications from people waiting for the puppies,” Rush said, however sometimes adopting puppies isn’t always as simple as coming and picking up the puppies. The reality is that often people aren’t ready to raise a puppy.

“I was mentioning when it comes to puppies we don’t have any problems with getting potential adopters,” Rush said. “People aren’t always ready for a puppy. That’s the bigger problem.”

Hormel will also be donating up to $3,000 for pet adoption fees from 10-11:30 a.m. on May 2.

For more information on adopting a pet from the Mower County Humane Society, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Mower-County-Humane-Society-109122815795844/ or their website at https://mchs.rescuegroups.org/?fbclid=IwAR2DEpnjXK7rOloDytKXBFD2Hbw3dGb3GYFFm3I1buqNPEAPLf3GVAvZbFA