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Warm hearts help homeless animals through long winter

photo of students and donations

March 17, 2014 -- Cats, dogs and other animals at three local shelters will soon be snuggled in new blankets, chewing on squeak toys, and eating good food, thanks to the hard work and generosity of Kensington and Big Cross elementary students and their families.

Kensington’s second annual school-wide “Paws for a Cause” drive to collect pet food and supplies brought in hundreds of items such as treats, grooming supplies, dog/cat chow, and more. Office supplies and cleaning products were also collected for the administrative teams at local shelters.

Photo of studentsBig Cross first-graders in Kathleen Gebo's class spearheaded the effort to collect donations for Purrs and Paws cat shelter.

“Donations are going to the SPCA of Upstate NY, Purrs and Paws Kitten and Cat Shelter, and Adirondack Save-A-Stray,” says organizer Nicole Bain, a reading specialist at Kensington Road School. The first- and second-grade classrooms of Kathy Madelone, Patty Irion, and Lynn Morrissey sponsored the drive this year.

Kim Phillips, occupational therapist for the district, sewed more than 20 fleece pet blankets specifically to donate to the effort. The blankets are used as bedding for cats, dogs and other animals.

First-graders in Kathleen Gebo’s class at Big Cross Elementary were also busy collecting items for the Purrs and Paws Kitten and Cat shelter in February. The students spearheaded a drive to collect kitty litter, food, toys and other feline items for the shelter, which is currently at capacity, with more than 200 cats and kittens in temporary residence.

The students blasted through their goal of collecting 100 items as part of their 100th day of school celebration, and the donations were warmly received.