2005-12-08 / News

Paws for a Cause

By Barbara Szeptakowski

Just 10 more days till the Holiday Dog Parade to benefit the new Jamestown Animal Shelter.

Does your favorite canine have its costume ready? Have you thought about building a small float or some other kind of eyecatching display? So, come on all you canines who love to dress up, let’s show everyone what Christmas is all about. The Jamestown Community Band will play Christmas carols. The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will sing along. This will be the best parade yet.

Registration costs $5. “Chamber Bucks” will be awarded to the three dogs with the most festive holiday attire. Who knows, maybe your dog will be “found” by a Hollywood Agency as a result of all the publicity the parade receives!

Last Sunday, the Jamestown tree warden posted the five day notice for the removal of the three large spruce trees located next to the animal shelter building behind the Town Offices on Southwest Avenue. Today, is the final day for filing of a complaint against the tree removal. This clears the way for the town to install the sewer and water lines, and the electrical connection to the building. Paws for a Cause

Monday, three young men from Newport stopped by for toys for their dogs. After listening to their requests, it wasn’t hard to figure out that they owned pitbulls — the most feared dogs on the planet, or at least in Rhode Island. After giving them the usual lengthy and stern pitbull interrogation, they responded by offering to replace the roof on the shelter building. That was truly a great Christmas present. Hopefully by New Year’s Day, we will have water, sewer, electricity, and a new roof. From then on, completion should be a snap and our hopes of opening for Valentine’s Day a reality.

We are still in need of more construction volunteers and building supplies.

Please consider the Shelter on your Christmas giving list. Dr. Civic reminds everyone that the donations to the shelter’s matching medical fund must be sent to the Jamestown Animal Hospital at 30 Narragansett Ave. Make checks payable to the Friends of the Jamestown Animal Shelter.

Thanksgiving week’s Jamestown Press featured an ad for 13 pets from Pawswatch, the Humane Society of Jamestown, and the Friends of the Jamestown Animal Shelter. All were in need of new homes for the holidays. We were thrilled that seven of the pets, including the two guinea pigs, were adopted. Although most shelters advise against a pet for Christmas or Hanukah, with the proper thought and preparation, this can still be the best present any child will ever receive. If you are thinking about a pet, please visit your local shelters and not a pet store. This way two lives will be changed forever.

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