PuppyPalooza Returns April 11th!
Join Averett Pack and Humane Society volunteers on the Student Center lawn, April 11, 2013, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. for our third semi-annual PuppyPalooza! Averett will provide toys, treats and water. Humane Society puppies will enjoy hugs and recreation while helping Averett students to reduce stress prior to exams. To volunteer for this event, contact Dr. Mary Vanderlinden (training required).
Toys for Military Dogs
The Averett Pack raised funds for toys, bones, shampoos and health aids for a unit of military dogs stationed in Afghanistan. Averettt alumnus Scott Grimsey, currently serving the U.S. Army, had contacted Dr. Rebecca Clark for Pack support in making these four-footed soldiers more comfortable when not on patrol. Pack members barked back with monetary donations. Fosters & Smith added a corporate donation and shipped the package for free! Many thanks to Dr. Clark and all who contributed to this worthwhile endeavor.
Humane Society Special Animal
Each year the Humane Society has an awards ceremony at its annual meeting. For 2012, there was a new award, The Danville Area Humane Society's Rudy Kramer Special Animal Award, named after Rudy, a dog who had been brought to the shelter with a gunshot wound in the leg. The staff rallied around Rudy, decided there was something special about him and wanted to give him a chance. He had his leg amputated and was later adopted by a local doctor who is on the Board at the shelter.
This year the Board decided unanimously to present the first Rudy Kramer Special Animal Award to Candy Bash, a special needs dog "who can teach us how to live life to its fullest, even when we are faced with challenges," Paulette Dean, the shelter's executive director, stated when presenting the award. Congratulations to Candy and her new person!
Danville Area Humane Society - Like 'em!
"On April 6, 2013, [The Danville Area Humane Society] will celebrate our one-year anniversary in our new adoption center. For that day, we are having an open house, rabies clinic, microchip clinic, and adoption fair. We had decided to reduce the adoption fees on dogs and cats to $50. But — and here’s the challenge and the fun part — if you can help us get to 3,000 likes by April 6th at 8:00 a.m., we will lower the adoption fees for $25 for April 6-April 12. You can play a part in helping shelter dogs and cats find their human companions. You can be their matchmakers; you can help them live long, happy lives. You get the message! 3,000 likes before 8:00 a.m. on April 6th will bring the already-reduced adoption fees down to $25. Now, that’s a deal for our priceless animals!"
New at Blount Library
Written by National Geographic magazine writer Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships documents odd animal bondings between species: cat and bird, mare and fawn, elephant and sheep, snake and hamster. Holland includes the well-known stories of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten, Owen the hippo and Mzee the tortoise, and almost inexplicable stories of predators befriending prey. An Indian leopard slips into a village every night to sleep with a calf. A lioness mothers a baby oryx.