The “Give to the Max Day” at the Tri-County Humane Society was a bow-wow-wonderful success, raising $8,496, which is $3,000 more than the event raised last year.
Two of the donations were matching grants of $1,000 each, and one donation of $900 was given by some generous person who wants to remain anonymous.
Another success was the 27th annual “Santa Paws” event, during which pet owners get their photos taken with their pets. They then get a disc of photos, which they can use to create seasonal greetings cards, framed portraits or other uses. This year, the event raised $7,693. There were 210 portrait sessions during a three-day period in November. Professional photography services were volunteered by Lisa Crayford of Country Gallery Photography and by Sue Dropp of Dropp’s Unique Portrait Designs. The Camera Shop donated the CDs and holiday-card discounts.
“We are very thankful for each and every one of you for helping us find homes for the animals in our community who find themselves homeless,” said Marit Ortega, manager of fund development for TCHS.
Another way to help TCHS raise funds, Ortega noted, is to do some Christmas shopping at either the TCHS or at For Pets’ Sake, the new thrift store at 1313 2nd St. S. in Waite Park near Menard’s. The proceeds from sales at that store all go to TCHS. The humane society is located at 735 8th St. NE in east St. Cloud, just off Hwy. 10.