Proud Animal Lovers Shelter had a lot of good news in September. 

First and foremost in our hearts, our favorite boy, Clyde, found his forever home with a wonderful family from Andover who found him on Petfinder.com. Clyde is a terrier mix who just seemed to get overlooked when people came to look at our dogs. He is such a good boy and so deserving of the love he’s finally found.

Clyde is one of 19 dogs who were adopted out in September. We took in 12. Two cats came in and we adopted out four. Our current numbers are 26 dogs and 12 cats. 

Our PALS Person of the Month is Carolyn Kennett. Carolyn sends out all our thank-you notes at her own expense. She helps out at the shelter, when needed, and also helps with fundraisers. We appreciate all she does for our shelter.  

We have been blessed by generous gifts and people. Mandi Lever Photography held a Pet Portrait Day for us and the shelter received over $1,600. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Mandi, her daughter, Alyssa, and all who came to get pictures taken. 

PALS received checks from AuBurn Pharmacy for their bottle cap collection and from the barbecue event at the park. (An easy way to help the shelter is to take your AuBurn Pharmacy bottle caps to the pharmacy. Those turn into money for us.) Both checks are a result of the people of Parsons caring and supporting PALS. 

We also appreciate the donations Girl Scout Troop No. 70103 brought us from the booth they worked for us at the fly-in on Sept. 22. Thank you, girls, and again, thank you to all the people who donated.

Our biggest fundraising undertaking is today, Oct. 6. “A Chicken Lickin’ Music Listenin’ Night” is finally here. We will be serving a Chicken Mary’s dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Parsons Municipal Building basement. Adults and youth 13 and older will receive three pieces of chicken and three sides for $12. Children 7 to 12 will get two pieces of chicken and two sides for $6 and children 6 and under get one piece and one side for $3. Sides include a choice of creamy slaw or German slaw, a choice of potato salad or German potato salad and a choice of green beans or spaghetti. All dinners come with bread and a drink. Desserts are $1 each. Carry-out is available. No advance tickets are needed.

At 7 p.m. upstairs in the auditorium, Redemption’s Call and the Labette Creek Crooners are going to be presenting a benefit concert for our shelter. A free-will collection will be taken during the concert.

Both events are made possible by the following sponsors: Troy Brown Heating and Cooling, Bank of Parsons, Commercial Bank, Community National Bank, Labette Bank, Olson’s Medical, Wood-Dulohery Insurance, All Seasons Floral and Gifts, LaForge & Budd Construction, Tom Davis Auto Group, Pete’s Corp., Ray Products, CST Storage and The Mustard Seed. Because of these sponsors, all proceeds go to PALS to help our animals. 

In the lobby, before and after the concert, as well as during intermission, there will be items for sale and to be raffled. These were all donated, as well. 

PALS owes so much to the people of Parsons and the surrounding area for their continued support. One may wonder why we do so many fundraisers, especially after reading that one event raised over $1,600 for us. These events are vital to being able to provide our animals the care they need. That $1,600 will cover two dogs being treated for parvo or three dogs being treated for heart worms. At one point last year, we were treating five dogs for heart worms. We never know what unexpected medical expenses will occur, in addition to spay/neuters, vaccinations, and the heart worm test for dogs and the feline leukemia/FIV test we give cats. We do all this to insure that each adopter is getting a healthy pet.

Once again, thank you for all you do to help PALS be the excellent shelter this community deserves. We hope to see you at “A Chicken Lickin’ Music Listenin’ Night.” — Patti Findley, vice president of the board of PALS

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