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No-kill shelter needs 2-legged friends

| Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008

RAYBURN -- It's all a labor of love. Dogs need walked and cats, kittens and puppies need to spend time with people learning good social skills. If you're an animal lover, Orphans of the Storm wants you.

"We need people to walk dogs and people to just 'socialize' with our cats, kittens and puppies," Orphans manager Bethann Galbraith said. "We can also use help with yard work, grooming animals or office work. We need people to take animals off-site to shows and other events. We need people who are willing to do such tasks as shredding newspaper, or to give of whatever talents they have to offer, either at the shelter or off-site."

Galbraith said the no-kill animal shelter will hold a volunteer orientation at 1 p.m. Sunday at a location to be announced. Refreshments will be served. Volunteers must be age 14 or older, those younger than 18 must have an adult with them at the shelter. Galbraith asks that anyone interested in attending the orientation to call 724-664-4692.

One of several volunteers at the shelter, Judy DeLong of Kittanning, has been a volunteer for seven years. DeLong's primary volunteer job is walking the shelter's many dogs. She said her main reason for volunteering is that she loves animals.

"My husband and I both love animals," DeLong said, "especially dogs. Besides, coming in to walk the dogs is good exercise for me. Even if they get a short walk, you can tell that the dogs appreciate it. They appreciate the attention too.

"All the dogs here, especially the puppies, need human contact to learn to socialize properly. That makes them better candidates for adoption. Our lives are enriched by coming here to help out and by the love expressed by the dogs as they look up at you when you give them attention and affection."


Benefit scheduled

Orphans of the Storm will hold its third Annual Benefit Trail Ride at 1 p.m. Oct. 11. A rain date is set for Oct. 18. The ride, sponsored by Merinda Wills, will consist of a two- to three-hour guided ride through scenic farm trails at the Wills Farm on Fort Run Road, Ford City. Wills asks that reservations for the ride be made by Oct. 8, by calling 724-763-9696, 724-859-3559, or Orphans of the Storm at 724-548-4520.

After the ride participants will be able to have dinner by a fire at the Wills farm. Food, beverages and desserts will be provided. Benefit ride fees are $25 for riders age 12 or more, $15, for junior riders, and $15 for guests (non-riders). All riders under age 18 must wear helmets.

The shelter is on Route 85, three miles east of Kittanning. Readers may visit the shelter's Web site .

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