Here’s something to chew on: The Marshmallow Foundation in Detroit Lakes is now the Marshmallow Animal Shelter.

The name change is only fitting, since it better describes what the not-for-profit operation actually does: take care of lost and abandoned dogs and cats, and either reunite them with their owners or find new homes for them.

The Marshmallow Animal Shelter also serves as the local pound and, so far this year, 500 cats and dogs have passed through the shelter and gone back to their owners or found new forever homes, according to Shelter Manager Cassi Ohman. There are now about 90 healthy, fixed, loving felines waiting for adoption there, along with about 15 healthy, fixed people-friendly dogs.

“Our mission statement is ‘improving our community by reuniting the lost and advocating for the unwanted,’” said board member Karen Skoyles. “We thought that pretty much sums up what we do as the pound, trying to reunite the animals that have gotten away with the people that love them,” or find them now homes when that doesn’t work out, she said.

The new name for the shelter was announced at an open house Saturday, Nov. 23.