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Animal group gives credit

September 22, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

People often marvel at what a few middle-aged (and older) women have been able to accomplish in our community through the Keweenaw Spay/Neuter Assistance Group. While we are grateful for the kind appreciation of our efforts, we want to clarify and give credit where it is due. There are many standing in the shadows without whom K-SNAG would have fallen by the wayside long ago.

We are the faces you see at the garage sales and the Adoption Days. But working with us are the veterinarians who are there when we pick up a sick or injured stray. And usually, we don't stumble across these animals on our own, but rather, caring people in the community call us to report an animal that needs help.

Jayne Harvey and Donna White just did a huge fund-raiser for us, along with the Jurgensen family who also did a fundraiser. An anonymous donor shared an inheritance with K-SNAG, and another man gave us a generous donation and said it was his birthday present to himself.

Where would we be without Darlene Smith and Judi Taylor, who both allow us the use of their garages throughout the entire summer? And without the people who donate rummage sale items, we would have nothing to sell.

We are overjoyed when someone offers to foster one of our strays and give it the loving attention that they all need. We are grateful to the support staff at the Copper Country Veterinary Clinic for the time they devote to working with the strays that are with them at the clinic.

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Alexandria Davis, a freshman at Calumet High School, comes to all our Adopt-A-Pet events and photographs our animals. Pat Jansen and Mary Nuttall make crafts for us to sell.

We are grateful for all the shoppers, adopters, donors, receipt and can savers and volunteers who make it possible for us to help unfortunate animals in our area, and we would like to thank you all.

I would especially like to thank my long-suffering husband, Lee, for all the picking up, sorting and hauling of metal, litter and rummage and for putting up with the steady stream of strays that have been parading through our home for the past 40 years.

Dawn VerBerkmoes

Lake Linden



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