Donation provides chance of clearing shelter by Christmas
Adoption fees covered through December
QUEENSTOWN — The Animal Welfare League is offering no adoption fees on dogs and cats for the month of December. A generous donation from Queen Anne’s County resident Robert Cease paid the adoption fees for all of the dogs currently housed at AWL.
Cease said, “I asked Captain Higgins what he wanted for Christmas this year and he said he wanted every dog located at the Queen Anne(‘s) County Animal Shelter adopted and to have a permanent home. So late last week I went and spoke to management at the shelter and told them I wanted to pay for every dog that is currently in the shelter to be adopted. The staff thought I was joking, but I was serious and the next day I delivered a check to pay for all 34 dogs to be adopted.”
Captain Higgins is Cease’s 2 1/2-year-old bull dog.
Cease’s incredible donation has new shelter manager Ramon Villatoro, expressing his gratefulness, and Villatoro said he was inspired to waive all of the cat adoption fees through the new year as well.
Cease also asked the owner of Bev’s Grooming and Pets Supplies, 2010 Marion Quimby Drive, Suite 100, in Stevensville, if she was interested in helping the cause. Bev’s will provide a $25 gift card to the store with each dog that is adopted during December.
Villatoro said he was happily surprised with the outpouring of support from these community members and thankful for their contributions.
“We have the most amazing community,” said Villatoro.
Cease’s goal is to have an empty shelter by Christmas.
“There is no reason why we can’t make this Christmas wish come true and get every dog at the Queen Anne’s County animal shelter adopted,” he said, “So open up your heart and your home to a loving dog that just needs another chance to make you and your family very happy.”
In November, AWL shared two heartwarming reunion stories. Sweet Alyss, a senior cat, was the product of a breakup, and Alyss and her brother went with the girlfriend. After seeing Alyss featured as pet of the week, Alyss was able to be reunited with human daddy, spending her final years back home.
And a “purr-fect” example of why microchips are so important — Tabby escaped from his house about10years ago, said Villatoro. After years of searching, his family thought he was dead. When last month the same family found a stray cat near their home and brought it in to AWL to search for a chip, in hopes of finding its owner, it turned out, the cat was theirs from all those years ago. The cat, staff, and family members were brought to tears, said Villatoro, adding, “Moments like this remind us why we do what we do.”
To adopt one of the cats or dogs at AWL or learn more about how you can support the shelter or volunteer, call 410-827-7178 or stop by the shelter, 201 Clay Drive in Queenstown.
Animal Welfare League presents dogs looking for homes during the Centreville Christmas Parade. The greatest gift for these animals would be a forever home.