2005-12-22 / News

By Barbara Szepatowski

This cozy gingerbread house at Paws & Claws was created Lori Vieira of Foster and Sue Vieira of Jamestown. This cozy gingerbread house at Paws & Claws was created Lori Vieira of Foster and Sue Vieira of Jamestown. The beautiful, handmade cottage cake pictured here

was created by Lorie Vieira of Foster and her sister-inlaw Sue Vieira of Jamestown.

From the handmade snow covered logs to the bayberry and holly bushes, together these two women worked for four weekends designing and creating the cottage, and over 200 beautiful, hand-painted, holiday cookies.

The cookies are being offered at Paws & Claws, with all proceeds going to the Jamestown Animal Shelter that will be built behind the Town Offices on Southwest Avenue. The cottage was first showcased last weekend, at the Jamestown Holiday Dog Parade.

It will be on display through Friday, Dec. 23, at Paws & Claws.

This Saturday, the staff of Paws & Claws will deliver the cake to the largest holiday donor as a thank you for their support. Originally, the cake was to be raffled off, but the process of getting approval from the state police for a charity raffle was more time consuming than planned.

We send lots of hugs to Sue and Lorie for their hard work and creative design. And of course we cannot say enough wonderful things about Sue, who first broached the idea for a Town shelter two years ago, on a snowy and dismal February afternoon.

That cold February day was much different than the beautiful weather, lots of happy dogs and people, and very fabulous costumes that made the fourth annual Jamestown Holiday Dog Parade such a huge sucess. Last Saturday, 141 dogs and their owner’s and friends, raised over $765 for the construction of the Jamestown Animal Shelter. The day of the parade, an additional $850 was also donated for the shelter’s matching medical fund being sponsored by Dr. Jack Civic of the Jamestown Animal Hospital. Since Dec. 5, the shelter’s medical fund has received $1,740 toward its Dec. 31 goal of $2,500.

Only $760 is needed to top out that fund. Hopefully, the New Year will start the shelter off with $5,000 for spaying, neutering, and other medical needs of Jamestown’s stray and unwanted pets, and close to $10,000 in supplies and donations for the construction side of the project.

We wish everyone a happy week of celebration and love. And we hope you will come see the animals celebrate next February when the shelter opens.

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