The Hull third grader recently proved just how much she loves them by asking that all who were invited to her gymnastics birthday party to bring money for the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter instead of birthday presents for her.
She raised $155 for the shelter, with more to come from friends who couldn’t make her party that day.
“I want to be a vet when I grow up,” she said.
Her parents, Velton and Sheri Hix, said they couldn’t be prouder of their daughter, who attends Athens Christian School.
“She started planning this about five months ago,” Mrs. Hix said. “We waited to see if she would change her mind, but she didn’t, she wanted to raise money for the shelter.”
Shelter coordinator Danielle Morton said the shelter appreciates the donation. “That much money will do a lot of good for the animals,” she told Fairand.
“I just want to help animals and save their lives, I don’t want to be selfish,” Fairand said. She currently has two pets – a white cat named Sugar and a dog named Sadie.
She has also “adopted” two friends’ horses, named “Halo” and “Booboo.”
“This is how we do it (care for the animals), with the support of the community,” Morton said.
The shelter has adopted out 242 animals so far this year, facilitated 19 being reclaimed by their owners and sent another 38 to rescue organizations. More than 500 spay/neuter surgeries have been performed in its low-cost surgical suite.
The shelter is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax-deductible. Donations can be made online by going to moaspets.com or by mail to: P.O. Box 453, Danielsville, GA 30633. Donations of shredded paper, paper towels, bleach, old towels and blankets, toys, food and other items are also needed and appreciated. Call 706-795-2868 for more information.