Port Angeles: Hard-working youngsters raise big bucks for Humane Society

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES -- It's not unusual to see Lindsey Divelbiss and Lauren Richards walking, grooming or shampooing dogs -- or even emptying cat boxes -- at Clallam County Humane Society's animal shelter.

Shelter manager Vickie Wilson ranks the two hard-working volunteers at the top of the heap among 50 who donate their time and energy at the shelter on U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles.

Each of the two puts in between five and eight hours each week.

But what really made tails wag at the animal shelter was when Lauren, 11, and Lindsey, 12, raised close to $1,300 for the cash-starved facility in just three days.

``I was amazed when I heard about that,'' Humane Society board president John Miles said.

Seeking shelter director

Miles and others on the board are attempting to hire a new shelter director and get the society's fund-raising efforts in high gear.

This week, the society agreed to take over animal control duties from Clallam County effective July 1.

Hearing that the shelter was in danger of closing next year if it did not get additional county dollars, Lindsey and Lauren, close friends and animal lovers, sprang into action.

Not only did they volunteer at the shelter, they set up a fund-raising table with a donation jar at the corner of Golf Course Road and East Lauridsen Boulevard.

They made a sign that informed passers-by: ``Help the Animals at Clallam County Humane Society Animal Shelter because they might be closing down by 2005.''

``We were pretty amazed,'' said Lindsey, a student at Roosevelt Middle School, while she and Lauren shampooed a large dog in the parking lot behind the shelter.



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