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Thanks go to the students

To the editor:

As the operator of Hounds’ Haven animal shelter, I meet a lot of pet parents, advocates and animal lovers. But when I encounter young people with that special compassion for animals, it is easy to see that their love and concern is genuine.

That was never more apparent than recently, when students at Buckeye North Elementary School conducted a food, supply and monetary donation drive for the pets at our shelter. Under the guidance of school principal Susan Nolan, students began a five-day collection, which resulted in a donation of 255 pounds of food and supplies plus almost $300 in cash donations. School staff members Kim McKnight and Kylene McCombs assisted them, and the students also competed for the reward of an ice cream party, with classes pre-kindergarten through second grade and grades three through six coming out on top with the most weight in donations.

The collections took place from Feb. 10-14, and I was honored to accept a check and the donations during a presentation on Feb. 21. I remain so impressed to see the way that Nolan encourages her students and faculty to reach out to their community and get involved on a personal level.

During the presentation, I also was pleased to have Diane Holcomb attend to show off the talents of therapy dog, Snoopy, who once was a resident at our shelter until he found a forever home with Diane. Snoopy now pays it forward to bring comfort to others, including visits to local funeral homes.

Hounds’ Haven is a “quality-of-life” shelter for homeless pets from around the Ohio Valley. We are a private facility and receive no government funding. That means we rely on the generosity and commitment of people like the students at Buckeye North Elementary School.

They play the most important role in helping us to provide care and hope for God’s creatures that just need a chance and a home.

Robin Cibulka

Dillonvale

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