Humane Society residents, alumni attend Have a Heart event
About 230 people piled into Ferrante's Lakeview in Hempfield for the Have a Heart Buffet and Pasta Palooza on Feb. 10.
The annual event supports the Humane Society of Westmoreland County.
Shelter director Kathy Burkley announced that Cindy Price has joined Jan Dillon as a full-time humane agent and that the process has begun to build a new dog kennel on the property.
“You can't rescue without humane agents, and you can't rescue without space,” Burkley said.
Last year, the HSWC spayed or neutered 350 cats for free at “Tom-A-Thon” events it regularly hosts. The next one is Feb. 24, but interested parties must call 724-837-3779 to make an appointment.
Four veterinarians provide services to the shelter, which now offers low-cost, walk-in clinics twice a week, from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Joining the auction extravaganza were current shelter residents and alumni, such as Lola, a Yorkshire terrier adopted by Susan Ianni.
Mistress of ceremonies was Shelby Lynne, Rudy and Pam Frank's English bulldog. Shelby is “Miss February” in this year's calendar, sold as a fundraiser by HSWC. The crowd, which included the Franks' mail carrier, Dennis Susa, joined together to wish Shelby a happy birthday,
Lisa Hegedus distributed samples of Bone Yard biscuits, a new line of organic dog treats baked at Caffé Barista on Otterman Street in Greensburg. A portion of biscuit sales benefits HSWC.
Seen: Dr. H. King Hartman, Marian DeBone, Jennifer Admundson, with her daughter, Rachel, Eric and Michele Bononi, Bill McCabe, Bob and Debbie Tymoczko, Barb Nichols, Jon and Carly Vesely, Dylan and Keri Mace, John and Kim Debes, Lisa Godor, Andrea Godor, Beth Walton, Judy Skatell and her daughter, Alicia, Ann Nicolai, Jean Nicolai, Mary Lou O'Connor, Elias Malichky, Luann Nicolai-Stump, with her daughter, Gianna, Karen Hutchinson, Marcella Sarson, Christina O'Brien, Betty Johnson Simons and state Sen. Kim Ward.
— Dawn Law