SAFE BASE aids local animal shelter



April 17, 2014 - 12:00 AM

SAFE BASE is going to the dogs, and the cats. The after-school program honored the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility during its blue plate special dinner Wednesday night.
During the week students and their families collected donations for animals in red bins for the shelter. Items donations ranged from trash bags to dog treats. Dr. Darrell Monfort of Red Barn Veterinary Clinic gave a presentation during and answered questions. He let people know that they should be cautious when giving there pets “human” food.
“Don’t give your pet grapes or raisins,” he said. “They are very poisonous for the animal.”
Red Barn and SAFE BASE donated two gift certificates for a free spay or neuter for either a dog or a cat. Attendees were able to win the gift certificate at a station.
 After the dinner people were able to go through eight different stations that were animal-themed.
In one station students were able to make homemade dog biscuits.
“We have the ingredients and directions. After they are done we will bake them and send them to ACARF,” Regina Young, SAFE BASE sponsor said.
People were able to learn about dog obedience from Karen McKarnin and her 4-H students. McKarnin brought in two dogs for the demonstration.
Other stations included making cat toys  out of items like socks, animal face painting, the importance of registering and tagging pets, and learning how to become an ACARF volunteer.
The next blue plate special dinner will be May 8 at the Baby Barnyard in Iola Riverside Park. The group will be celebrating the Baby Barnyard’s 75th anniversary.

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