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Humane Society gets wedding gift

August 04, 2005

Michelle Murray and Tim Peters of Hagerstown wanted their wedding to be the cat's meow. Or the dog's bark.

After seven years as a couple, having met at the University of Maryland, they got married July 30 - exactly seven years to the day of their first date.

They made their vows on the beach at Chesapeake Beach in Calvert County.

Both chose a career in the finance industry - Murray, 26, works as an accountant in the Hagerstown office of Smith, Elliott and Kearns, and Peters, 28, works in Frederick, Md., as a senior accountant with the firm of McLean, Koehler, Sparks & Hammond.

Murray is from the Annapolis area and Peters is from Frederick. They live in Hagerstown on Bluebird Avenue, near Hagerstown Community College.

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Murray volunteers at the Humane Society of Washington County and the couple decided to make a contribution to the animal shelter in lieu of party favors for wedding guests.

"We adopted our cats, Bandit and Lily, from the Humane Society back in April of 2003. Tim was never really a 'cat person,' but they have worked their magic on him and now I know he can't imagine a home without a cat ... or two," Murray said. "An added benefit would be more adoptions. I'm hoping that our friends will see how much we love our cats and think about adopting a shelter pet of their own."

Paul Miller, executive director of the Humane Society, appreciates the gift.

"We are incredibly grateful to Michelle and her fianc, not just for this most generous gift, but for her time and talents," Miller said. "She is such a committed person, very devoted to the animals at the shelter."

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