Breakfast with Santa aids animals
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.
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.