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Animal Lovers Pitch In

Minnesota veterinary clinic raises money to help Sandy pets

By Aaliyah Kellogg | January 9 , 2012

Grand Avenue Veterinary Clinic in Saint Paul, Minnesota, raised $1,300 for pets affected by Hurricane Sandy. The fundraiser took place from November 5-17, and the money came from proceeds collected by doing nail trimmings on pets brought into the clinic.

"Most of us who love animals worry about the animals in these situations," said Chris Morris, certified veterinary technician. "I knew that they would need help, so I talked about it with my boss and decided this would be a good way to raise some funds."

The next step was to get the word out. The biggest tool the clinic had was the Internet. It used Facebook and their website to promote the fundraiser. "That was a big one because it reached out to so many people," Morris said. The husband of one of the clinic's staff members is a graphic designer, and he also made posters that were hung in each of the exam rooms.

"The clients really liked the idea," Morris said. "It was a little extra work on our part to do this, and sometimes it's kind of difficult to ask people for donations, but they were getting a nail trim in return, and most people were really positive. We had one person donate $100. Some people didn't even do nail trims, they just donated, so that was really nice."

The clinic decided to donate the money to Best Friends Animal Society. "Best Friends is a really great organization. They do great work," Morris said. "I called them and they said they would use 100 percent of the money for the animals."

"Best Friends Animal Society has always relied on donations in order to operate and for us to be in a position to help local rescue groups and animal shelters," said Barbara Williamson, Media Relations Manager at Best Friends Animal Society. "Thanks to our amazing supporters, Best Friends has also been able to collect and distribute - via our volunteer efforts - over two tons of supplies to more than 15 other tri-state animal rescues and food pantries.".

Even though Hurricane Sandy struck more than two months ago, the work on behalf of the animals continues. "Over Thanksgiving weekend alone, Best Friends' New York programs and emergency response teams were combing the Midland Beach and
Hylan Boulevard area, giving individuals supplies, including over 1000 pounds of pet food, 500 pounds of cat litter, blankets, bedding, community cat shelters, and, in some instances, trash bags and batteries," Williamson said.

In the event of another tragedy that affects animals, Grand Avenue Veterinary Clinic is prepared to act. When asked if they would do another fundraiser, Morris said, "Yes, definitely!"

You can find share your Hurricane Sandy experiences and find more coverage of the storm and its aftermath on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Blog.

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