On behalf of the Danville Education Association, Collins said, “Thank you to everyone that has supported and will support Operation Warm Paws.”
In northern Vermilion County, animal control officer Sherry Klemme supports Operation Warm Paws, calling it a “great effort.”
She has collected homes for outdoors dogs, but can always use more.
People who know of a dog or cat that needs a shelter or a better shelter are asked to contact her, as well as anyone who has a dog house they’re not using. “I’ll hold onto it until I need it,” she said.
As part of her job, Klemme knocks on doors and informs owners of state laws regarding shelter, tags, vaccinations and other issues. She makes sure dogs are up-to-date with shots and registrations, but she also wants them to be warm.
“I don’t encourage outside pets,” she said. “It’s one of my pet peeves.”
Most die-hard dog lovers agree with that sentiment, and make sure their pets are toasty warm in winter.
One of those is JoAnne Andrews of rural Alvin, who has seven dogs — two Pomeranians, two small Eskimo dogs, two Great Pyrenees and a border collie.
“I know they’re happy dogs,” she said.
She and her husband, Neil, have had 16 dogs over the past 25 years.
The most recent additions are her Great Pyrenees, Telah Hope and Tirzah Joy. JoAnne had gone to look at the puppies last April, and hoped her husband would get her one for Mother’s Day (thus, the name, Telah Hope). When he let her have two puppies from the litter, she had “tears of joy” — and that led to the second name, Tirzah Joy. In keeping with her other pets’ names, Telah and Tirzah are names found in the Bible.