Easton’s animal shelter received a generous donation from a most surprising source: A birthday party for a local girl.
Animal Control Officer Kelly Fitch, who is in charge of the shelter, said she receives generous donations like this a few times a year.
She said children will have birthday parties and instead of receiving gifts, they ask to give food, litter and toys to the cats and dogs.
In addition to birthday parties, Fitch said that the local Girl Scout troop and local schools hold events every year to raise food and supplies for the animals.
“Kids are wonderful. The kids are really good,” Fitch said.
The shelter, which opened about two years ago on Morehouse Road, currently houses two dogs and five cats, purebred and mixed.
Fitch also said she occasionally receives donations based on need. She said parents will call her and ask what she needs for the shelter. In the case of one school event, she needed and asked for only cat supplies, and the remainder of the items collected went to another shelter.
Fitch said the donations not only help the animals but help the donor as well.
She said it affords a good community service opportunity that the children can say they did for when they apply for college.
“All that volunteer stuff, or doing all that stuff, they love that,” Fitch said.
Donations like these will last for a while, Fitch said. In the meantime, animals like Cupcake (a calico cat), Butch (a purebred Boston terrier), Stella (a stray cat) and her three unnamed kittens are still up for adoption at the shelter.
For more information, and to contact the Easton Animal Shelter, visit its web page at http://www.eastonctpolice.com/department-info/animal-control/ or call 203-268-9172.