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Animal Angels seeks community support

| Thursday, May 24, 2001

'Christian' is an abandoned and ill kitten that was rescued by Animal Angels just this past Saturday. A compassionate person who knew the organization would care for him brought him to the no-kill shelter. Christian was so sick he could hardly breathe, but he is already doing better and should recover completely.

The all-volunteer organization is nursing Christian back to health and lavishing loads of TLC (tender loving care) on him and the approximately 60 dogs and 100 cats that currently call the Animal Angels' shelter home.

Animal Angels' volunteer Suzie Johnson challenges area residents: 'We're providing a community service. We need the community to keep it going.'

Animal Angels has organized several fund-raising events which are designed to help with the shelter's operating costs.

Animal Angels' first annual yard/bake sale will be held Friday through Sunday, May 25 to 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the shelter on Three-Mile Hill (Route 31), one-half mile from Nino's. Johnson asks the community to donate yard sale items and baked goods and to patronize the event.

On Wednesday, June 13, the community is invited to the Mount Pleasant Elks on Main Street for a fund-raising Tupperware party. Tupperware will be awarded as prizes for games at the event. There is a $5 admission fee which will be credited toward any Tupperware order. Johnson asks that those wishing to attend call Animal Angels to reserve their seats.

On June 22 at the Greensburg Pet Smart's 'Adopt-a-thon,' Animal Angels will hold a Chinese auction. Johnson asks that area businesses help the shelter by donating items for the auction.

All funds raised by these events are used for the care and feeding of the animals. Animal Angels seeks grant money for special projects, like a proposed isolation ward for sick animals.

Workers at the shelter receive no compensation.

'We're all volunteer,' says Animal Angels' Rosann Frazier. 'It's not unusual for us to be here 12 hours per day.'

She adds that more volunteers are needed at this time to help care for the cats that are now housed on the second floor of the shelter.

One of Animal Angels' goals, and biggest expenses, is to make sure all of its animals are spayed or neutered. They also seek to educate the public regarding this issue. There would be little need for the shelter if all pet owners took responsibility and had their dogs or cats spayed or neutered, they say.

Prospective pet owners can visit the shelter or Pet Smart on the weekends to meet Animal Angels dogs and cats. The organization charges an adoption fee that helps defray the cost of the animal's health care, food and shelter.

For more information on becoming an Animal Angel volunteer, adopting a pet, or donating to or attending its fund-raisers call 542-9242.

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