Christmas comes early to LA Animal Shelter

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Christmas comes early to LA Animal Shelter

Carol Drysdale (left), pictured with her seven-year-old Labrador Retriever-hound mix dog, donated $1,000 from her dog Pearl’s $1,500 contest winnings to the LA Animal Shelter Saturday. The remainder was donated to a Florida animal shelter that specializes in senior dog rescues. Accepting the donation on the shelter’s behalf was president Marilyn Williams (right) who is pictured holding one of 24 boxes of Milk-Bone treats that features Buster’s eight-year-old mother Pearl on the package.

UPPER NAPPAN- Christmas came early to the Lillian Allbon Animal Shelter through a generous monetary donation made by Carol Drysdale in her dog’s name.

Buster, a seven-year-old Labrador Retriever-Hound mix dog who accompanied Carol Drysdale to the LA Animal Shelter on Saturday, has a famous mother.

Eight-year-old Pearl won a Milk-Bone contest. In addition to appearing on 24 boxes of Milk-Bone dog treats, she won $1,500. In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, Drysdale donated $1,000 to the LA Animal Shelter; Drysdale donated the remainder to a shelter in Florida that specializes in senior dog rescues.

In addition to the aforementioned generous monetary donations, 33 other people made donations in memory or in honour of their beloved pets. Their names were included on the shelter’s Christmas celebration tree which was lit at 3:00 pm.

A variety of other indoor and outdoor activities punctuated the shelter’s Christmas open house. At 1:30 pm, Rev. Wayne MacArthur blessed the shelter animals, its staff, volunteers and board members. At 2:00 pm, MacArthur provided another blessing to mark the official opening of the Joan Bennett Christie Memorial Trail.

“Joan Christie was a huge supporter of the LA Animal Shelter,” stated board member and treasurer Nancy Burke. “Rev. MacArthur blessed the trail in her memory. Some family members were here to dedicate the trail in her memory.”

Along the trail, which extends back to the Nappan River, were Christmas Carolers and a bonfire, which featured roasted marshmallows, hot dogs and hot chocolate.

“While the trail will be used to walk shelter dogs on, other people will be allowed to use it to walk their dogs on it too,” said Burke.

Back inside the shelter, people and pets had their pictures taken with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Treat bags were given to children and animals. Cake was also served.

Photos taken were to be uploaded to the LA Animal Shelter Facebook page in the event that people wanted to print off a picture of their pet for their Christmas cards.

 “I want to thank staff, volunteers, board members, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and our partners at the Westmorland Institute. Without them, this might not have been possible. Including casuals, we have six staff members and ten board members. We hope to get our full complement of 12 next year. We hope to get representation from around the county because it is a county shelter, not just an Amherst one.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizations: Christmas open house, Westmorland Institute

Geographic location: Florida, Nappan River

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