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January 13, 2013

Animal lovers keep pets warm

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Also, call the society if you have building material. Construction companies, for example, might have material leftover after a job.

The Humane Society will provide straw for the houses, Miller said. Straw is better than blankets, which can get wet and freeze.

Warm paws

Another group in Danville has a similar goal — and has already collected $600 to help pets.

Operation Warm Paws is a project sponsored by the Danville Education Association. Students, teachers, staff, and administrators throughout District 118 have supported the Operation Warm Paws initiative.

Michelle Collins, a seventh-grade teacher at South View Middle School, said DEA does two to three major projects each year to help the community. This is the second year that a project has revolved around helping animals.

Last year, donations of food, dog beds and money were divided among the three animal shelters in the county.

This year, the group hopes to collect money and/or building materials by the end of this month, and then have a building party in February, Collins said.

Since the fund drive started at the beginning of December, more than $600 has been collected.

Collins said, “The donation total was outstanding because other fund drives were going on, too, for Hurricane Sandy victims and local food banks. I am so proud of District 118 students, fellow DEA colleagues, District 118 administrators and staff because they have given and given to various causes throughout the year. However, they did not hesitate to give one more time to help the animals of our community.”

Collins said a staff member has already drawn up a blueprint for a dog house, and others have volunteered to build them. Wood pallets are especially needed.

Once the houses are built, they will be distributed among the three animal shelters (the city, county and CARA, a no-kill shelter in Tilton).

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