Break­fast with Santa aids an­i­mals

Record Observer - - Community - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — There are few bet­ter com­bi­na­tions than Santa Claus and a room full of pup­pies and kit­tens. And on Satur­day, Dec. 17, Ch­e­sa­peake Cats and Dogs hosted a break­fast with Santa at Christ Church in Stevensville to raise funds for the Tree of Life Pet Sanc­tu­ary near Wye Mills.

Folks trav­eled from An­napo­lis and all over Queen Anne’s County to par­tic­i­pate in the break­fast, which in­cluded pic­tures with Santa and pets for adop­tion. The chil­dren were ea­ger to climb up on Santa’s lap, sev­eral of them re­turn­ing for a re­peat visit, and Teddy and Luke — two dogs who had been pre­vi­ously adopted through Ch­e­sa­peake Cats and Dogs res­cue pro­gram — also got in on the ac­tion sit­ting with Santa for their pic­tures too.

Sushi and Moo Shu — two adorable Shih Tzu dogs who were adopted from Ch­e­sa­peake Cats and Dogs — got to go home with their new fam­ily on Satur­day as well. Charles Karn­bach, who adopted the two dogs, said his wife had lost her beloved pet to old age ear­lier in the year. He and his two chil­dren were ex­cited to bring the new dogs home to add to their fam­ily.

The funds raised at Satur­day’s break­fast sup­port the Tree of Life Pet Sanc­tu­ary, an on­go­ing project by Ch­e­sa­peake Cats and Dogs on a six-acre par­cel in Queen­town, near Ch­e­sa­peake College. Phase 1 of the project is re­port­edly near­ing com­ple­tion. A group of CCAD sup­port­ers have al­ready com­pleted the ef­forts to make the fe­line cen­ter ready with new wall board, elec­tri­cal wiring, in­su­la­tion and paint.

Ac­cord­ing to Kathy Thomas, pres­i­dent of the Board of Di­rec­tors for Ch­e­sa­peake Cats and Dogs, the mis­sion of CCAD through the Tree of Life Pet Sanc­tu­ary is to of­fer a place of respite for an­i­mals most vul­ner­a­ble to end­ing up in a kill shel­ter, pro­vide them with the lov­ing home they de­serve un­til such time as they are adopted, and con­tinue car­ing for them even if they re­main un-adopted.

Ad­di­tional fundrais­ers are planned for Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary to help com­plete the nec­es­sary ren­o­va­tions on the prop­erty and pro­vide for the new build­ings — to in­clude ken­nels — still planned.

CCAD has of­fi­cially moved from itd for­mer lo­ca­tion in Stevensville to the new ad­dress, 326 Wye Mills Road, Queen­stown, on Rt 662. For in­for­ma­tion on sup­port­ing the Tree of Life Pet Sanc­tu­ary or an­i­mals avail­able for adop­tion visit www.chesa­peake­cat­sand­dogs.org. There is also a wish list of items the shel­ter could use.

Av­ery, age 6, Alli, age 3, and Ch­ester, age 2, visit with Santa at the Ch­e­sa­peake Cats and Dogs fundraiser in Stevensville. Alli asked Santa to please just bring her presents.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Sushi and Moo Shu two adorable Shih Tzu dogs were adopted from Ch­e­sa­peake Cats and Dogs and got to go home with their new fam­ily on Satur­day. From left, Con­nor, Charles and Cassie Karn­bach.

Sis­ters Char­lotte and Sa­man­tha Beck, 11, stand­ing, from Stevensville get ready for Christ­mas to­gether with a pic­ture with Santa.

Luke, one of Ch­e­sa­peake Cats and Dogs adop­tion suc­cess sto­ries, get his pic­ture taken with Santa too.

Teddy was adopted seven years ago through Ch­e­sa­peake Cats and Dogs by Becky Placek of Stevensville.

Say­lor Miller of Stevensville, with her dad, looks closely at the kit­ties for adop­tion.

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