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Vigil will honor unwanted pets euthanized in '05

August 02, 2005

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Humane Society will hold its third annual Candlelight Vigil on Saturday, Aug. 20, to remember the 2,513 cats and dogs that had to be euthanized at the shelter in 2004.

The ceremony will be held in the back field at the Martinsburg Mall. The Rev. Terri Cofiell of Hedgesville United Methodist Church will conduct the service, which will include prayers, poems and bagpipe music.

The public is invited to participate by bringing their pets to receive individual blessings. Blessing of the animals will begin at 7 p.m.; the vigil ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The shelter's goal is to raise $2,513 (or $1 for each cat or dog that had to be euthanized) to help people in the community with limited income get their pet spayed or neutered.

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The 2,513 animals will be remembered by paper collars which will be linked together to form a chain.

For information, or to make a donation to the shelter's Spay/Neuter Fund, call the shelter at 1-304-267-8389, or mail a check to BCHS, 554 Charles Town Road, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

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