Do­na­tion pro­vides chance of clear­ing shel­ter by Christ­mas

Adop­tion fees cov­ered through De­cem­ber

Record Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By HAN­NAH COMBS [email protected]­

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.

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