Rising sixth graders Elli Land and Mia Davis recently devised a creative way to assist Oconee Animal Services in lieu of being able to volunteer at the shelter.
Through Facebook and a June 27 bake and artwork sale in the Triple Creek subdivision, Land and Davis raised over $500 for the animal shelter.
Elli’s mother, Carla, said that her daughter’s interest in aiding the animal shelter started when Elli was
volunteering with the Athens Area Humane Society in the fall to fulfill her BETA Club requirements.
Carla and Elli said they saw a pronounced need for items like more comfortable bedding, toys or newer cages. They also noticed the need for more volunteers to play with the animals.
“It was mainly socialization and helping the dogs get acclimated to people,” Carla added.
The joy of volunteering was not all the Lands got out of their time at the shelter. They also adopted Sugar Plum, a pitbull mix, from the shelter in January.
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