Local Humane Society Raises Funds with Dedication Ornaments
Purchase a Dedication Ornament Throughout December to Support Friends of Animals
With only 18 days to go before Christmas arrives, many are busy shopping. We’re checking out a special way to support pets this season in this week’s Animal Answers.
“This little sweetheart is Frankie,” said Kim Parmeter, Executive Director for Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet.
Little Frankie is a beautiful white kitten, living in his temporary home for the holidays.
Friends of Animals is a festive place to be this time of year, as he waits patiently for long term snuggles.
“We’ve been filling our facility with the holiday ornaments,” said Parmeter. “It’s been a real treat to see members of the community stop in and support us.”
Parmeter and her team of volunteers are a busy bunch right now.
“We see a lot of sad cases come through,” said Parmeter.
Decking the halls, while dodging the occasional tears that come with the job. However, Friends of Animals is brightening up this season.
“You can come into our facility and look at all the names on the ornaments and you just feel the love,” said Parmeter.
With some simple Google research, Parmeter though it would be fun to get in the holiday spirit by putting on an ornament fundraiser to help remember loved pets that may have passed, or to simply honor those we come home to every night.
“They say, where can I sign up?”
It’s a thoughtful gift, with giving in mind.
“For a donation of 20 dollars, we invite the public to come in and purchase an ornament. They can write their name of the loved one, and decorate it on there,” said Parmeter.
Parmeter says $20 dollars is the average cost for boarding one animal for one day at the local shelter.
“It can be a canine, feline, or human!”
Currently, the shelter is housing nearly 100 animals. With a full house, being home for the holidays is no cheap celebration.
“We really appreciate the support of the community, both in food donations and supplies as well as toys and monetary donations,” said Parmeter.
For the month of December, a giant stocking will hang by the doorway with care, in hopes the community will have a few cents to spare.
“It really doesn’t matter how much you are able to give; we’re just sharing the love this holiday season,” said Parmeter.
All donations are tax deductible and will be used toward day-to-day care of cats, dogs, and other animals at the shelter.
Friends of Animals has an exciting future ahead in 2017, as they are officially moving to a new facility in the spring.
Click here for more information regarding the ornament fundraiser, or to learn more about Friends of Animals Humane Society.