By Betsy Dolan
As 2011 came to an end, Sugar Land Animal Services Manager, Kathryn Ketchum, found herself in an unexpected but welcome predicament.
“We had received a generous amount of donations in November and December and we had to open a special account. I’m not sure we’ve ever had to do that before.”, Ketchum says.
The nearly $4,000 in donations came from a variety of sources including $90 from children who had run a lemonade and hot cider stand.
The largest donation, over $1,800, came from the Lexington Animal Hospital’s 25th Anniversary celebration in November.
“We’ve been having several small fundraisers for the shelter but wanted to do something bigger”, says veterinarian, Dr. Barbara Willhouse.
250 people attended the anniversary celebration which included a teddy bear surgery, a children’s art contest and an auction to win a cruise, donated by Premiere Custom Travel.
Ketchum says the money will be use for expensive heart worm testing and treatment as well as to purchase new agility equipment for the dog play area.