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Claus and Paws a treat for county animals
Dixie, a cat at the Bryan County Animal Shelter, shows some love to Bryan County Animal Control Officer Thomas Sanders on Dec. 1. Dixie is one of the cats that will benefit from the Claus and Paws donation program being conducted by the Miller Teen Center in Pembroke. (Crissie Elrick)

Animals at the Bryan County Animal Shelter in Pembroke will receive some extra treats this holiday season thanks to efforts by the Pembroke Teens Being Teens after school program.
The teens have adopted the Bryan County Animal Shelter as their holiday project and have started the “Claus” and Paws donation program, according to Ashlynne Blunt, director of the Miller Teen Center.
The program officially began Dec. 1, and although the teens are spearheading the program, Blunt said she hopes to receive participation from everyone in the community.
“We’re asking for food, toys, blankets, beds, leashes – anything you would give your pet,” she said.
She added the teens are excited about the program, and she hopes they, along with the community, will also donate their time.
“Sometimes your time is the best thing you can give by volunteering,” Blunt said. “And that’s not just for the teens – it is for everyone in the community.”
Blunt is working with Bryan County Animal Control Officer Thomas Sanders on the project. Sanders said he thought the project was a “nice gesture.”
“We are so thankful because it’s this time of year that the animals are forgotten,” Sanders said. “We think about the unfortunate people – and that is important. But we forget about these unfortunate animals.”
Read more in the Dec. 10 edition of the News.

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