August turned into a very special month for two of our dogs at the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter. Our beloved Spice, a black lab mix who had been at the shelter for quite a while, was adopted by a lovely family. Spice not only loves to play fetch, but throws the ball back. We are so happy for her and her new family.

Lady Jane was adopted from PALS eight years ago by a man who loved her dearly. He recently had to go to a nursing home and Lady Jane returned to us. Things have a wonderful way of working out. One of our volunteers just happened to be a girl who used to walk by this gentleman’s house and would speak to him and his dogs. She recognized Lady Jane and knew she had to help. Her grandmother adopted Lady Jane and this caring volunteer took Lady Jane to see her “dad” in the nursing home and plans to continue to do so. 

These dogs were two of the 11 that found their forever homes in August. There are always more to replace them and 12 came to the shelter last month. We took in seven cats and adopted out nine. Our current numbers are 20 dogs and 18 cats.

PALS always appreciates donations and we want to thank you for all your contributions in our boxes located in businesses throughout the city and surrounding area. We want to say a huge “thank you” to a local runners group who surprised us with a generous donation. We also greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness of a sweet young lady who set up a lemonade stand and donated the money to help our animals. 

Mandi Lever of Mandi Lever Photography is an animal lover and has a kind, generous heart. She has chosen to do a pet portrait fundraiser for PALS on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parsons Arboretum. Pet lovers can get five images of their pets for $40 and all of that money is going to PALS, thanks to Mandi wanting to help our shelter animals. Mandi does ask that all pets be brought in a pet carrier or on a leash. Pet owners are responsible for their pets at all times. (Doggie poop bags will be provided.) A sign-up sheet will be on the Mandi Lever Photography Facebook page. These slots will go quickly. We hope to see you there. And, thank you, Mandi Lever, for this great gift to our shelter animals.

Our PALS Person of the Month is Nikki Sears. Nikki enjoys working with the animals and has been with us since March. She is a morning supervisor and also works some Saturday afternoons. 

We are busy preparing for one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, “A Chicken Lickin’ Music Listenin’ Night” on Saturday, Oct. 6. It will begin with a Chicken Mary’s dinner in the basement of the Parsons Municipal Building. There will be plenty of chicken and a variety of sides to choose from, as well as desserts. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. There are more details on our Facebook page and on flyers and in upcoming ads.

At 7 p.m. that same evening a benefit concert for PALS will be presented by Redemption’s Call and the Labette Creek Crooners. Free-will donations will be collected during the concert, which will be in the auditorium. There will be many things on display and for sale in the lobby before and after the concert. Proceeds help our animals at the shelter. 

Today, Sept. 15, I will be at the shelter from 9 a.m. until 3:30 selling more of our Red Horse vintage signs. These were generously donated by Mike Godbey and all proceeds go to PALS. We still have quite a variety left and they make great presents. This is an opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping and help our animals. Please come out and see our great selection.

We recently were visited by girls and moms from Girl Scout Troop No. 70103 who toured our facility and learned more about PALS. They will have a table at the fly-in on Sept. 22 at Parsons Tri-City Airport and will be sharing information about PALS.

If you have a group who would like to tour PALS, please call the shelter at 421-0445. We would love to schedule a time to show you around. As always, we sincerely thank you for your support. — Patti Findley, vice president of the board of PALS

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