|Dogs Lou, Cooper and Paul stare intently at a large chew bone held by owner Mary-Lynn Coleman. Buckerfield's store manager Jeff Cameron, right, donated a years worth of dog food to Coleman and partner Dean Schaffler after reading about their plight in The Daily Courier.|
Paul, Lou and Cooper couldn't be happier after Buckerfield's donated a year's worth of dog food and other treats to them.
When Kelowna store manager Jeff Cameron read about a homeless couple with the three dogs finally finding a place to live, he wondered what he could do for Dean Schaffler and Mary-Lynn Coleman's pets.
"I saw the article in the paper, and I thought: 'You know, we're in the animal-feeding business. There must be a way to help these people out,'" Cameron said Thursday.
So he stopped by the Willow Creek Campground on Lakeshore Road last weekend to see if Schaffler and Coleman were at their donated motorhome to make the complimentary dog food offer.
"That would be wonderful for us," responded Schaffler.
"I phoned a few suppliers and they were all very willing to jump on board. Everyone basically said: 'What are you looking for?' I ended up getting a year's supply of pet food which we can donate to them," said Cameron.
"I have some dog food, a couple big boxes of Milkbones. And another company donated a couple of big chew bones. Animals cost a lot of money when you have money. So when you're down and out and don't have the income..."
Their three dogs are very well looked after, said Cameron, who owns nine animals. His in-laws have another six.
"We have 15 mouths beside ourselves to feed every day. That's why I'm at Buckerfield's," he said with a laugh.
"Since they have such love for their pets, I thought there must be some way that we, as a company, can help these people.
"It's great. I'm really excited that we can offer that to them. I think they'll be very pleased, as well."
Cameron figures the three dogs will go through two large bags of dog food a month, so he'll drop the bags off once a month. The couple doesn't have any place to store more than that.
Schaffler and Coleman were homeless and living on the streets of downtown Kelowna when a nearby resident offered to let them stay in her garden shed.
However, in December, a neighbour complained to City Hall, they were evicted and the property owner fined $500 by bylaw officers.
They only receive $540 a month in housing assistance, not enough to rent anything, so a Surrey resident gave them his motorhome and paid their first month's rent at the campground.