Happy birthday to the animal shelter

Butch, a purebred Boston terrier, is available for adoption at the Easton Animal Shelter. —Duncan Campbell photo

Butch, a purebred Boston terrier, is available for adoption at the Easton Animal Shelter. —Duncan Campbell photo

The Easton’ Animal Shelter received a generous donation from a local girl, who asked her guests to bring items for homeless dogs and cats instead of birthday gifts for her. —Duncan Campbell photos

The Easton’ Animal Shelter received a generous donation from a local girl, who asked her guests to bring items for homeless dogs and cats instead of birthday gifts for her. —Duncan Campbell photos

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.

Kittens born at the shelter will be available when they get a little older. —Duncan Campbell photo

Kittens born at the shelter will be available when they get a little older. —Duncan Campbell photo

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.

Cupcake, a calico cat, is available for adoption. —Duncan Campbell photo

Cupcake, a calico cat, is available for adoption. —Duncan Campbell photo

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.

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