This week's bouquets go to:
From Lorene Trotter:
On Sunday, Dec. 19, an open house for the benefit of the animals was held at the shelter. Coffee, cider and cookies were provided along with a drawing for prizes. People could draw for a rebate offer towards the adoption fees for the pet of their choice. The shelter was filled to capacity with people interested in adopting, visitors from the Manistique shelter and visitors wanting to see the shelter and its current residents In total, two dogs and 12 cats/kittens were adopted. As our population of dogs is low, Manistique brought over two of their dogs, one of whom was adopted. Two weeks ago Menominee, which was overcrowded, brought over eight of their dogs - all of whom were adopted within a week. At present, we have five dogs and 23 cats. We also have three cats who are being fostered but are available for adoption. I would like to thank Sheriff Ballweg for allowing us to have this open house, Trish, Ed and Tony who helped prepare the building, our wonderful volunteers, Denise, Mary and Sue who cleaned the shelter from top to bottom, to Laurie who made blankets for the dogs/cats to take home for Christmas, to Sue , Penny and Marissa, who helped wherever they were needed, to the bakers who brought cookies, and Wendy Pepin who planned the first of many successful "Home for the Holidays" event. Most of all, thank you to all the people who came to this event - those who adopted and those who came to see the shelter and the adorable animals who want loving, warm homes to go to!
From Mary Strom of Gladstone:
"Kudos to the local Vietnam Veterans Chapter 571 for distributing 48 Christmas baskets to the families of our local National Guard troops recently deployed, and to the Gladstone and Escanaba libraries and a Gladstone bookstore for donating books and 10 local hair salons for contributing gift certificates for various services for the wives, all of which were included with the baskets. This is another example of the generous and caring community in which we are fortunate to live."
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