Published: Jun 24, 2010 11:05 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 24, 2010 8:05 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, FL- It's a program keeping more than one thousand pets from going hungry at home.
Now that program needs help.

Debbie Overholtzer says, "They saved my kitties, they did."

Every month you'll find Debbie Overholtzer at Lee County Animal Services.
She's got four cats at home, she admits, she can't afford to feed.
Thanks to food and cash donations to the pet pantry program - they eat well.

 Overholtzer says, "I would of had to give them up to shelters, they might not be adopted, they would probably be euthanized."

Animal services says its kitten season and the shelter is crowded.It's more important than ever that animals are being taken care of at home. 

Director of Lee County Animal Services Donna Ward says, "The community, we are really suffering financially and it's been a long term problem so we wanted to come up with a program to keep pets in homes rather than surrender to overcrowded shelters."
That's why Overholtzer plans to continue to come to the shelter to get food because her pets count on it.