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Shelter puts best paw forward at open house

December 05, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Bo, aka Eddie, found himself back at the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter on Sunday, shivering in the arms of Executive Director Jamie Caldwell, the dog's Don King hairdo standing on end.

The Chihuahua mix, however, had nothing to fear on this visit. Adopted out of the shelter in 2001 by John and Diana Tiedemann of Chambersburg, Bo was there to get his photograph taken with Santa Claus. Dozens of dogs and cats posed for pictures Saturday and Sunday during the shelter's Christmas open house.

"It's one of our best fundraising efforts each year," Caldwell said. In addition to pictures starting at $5, visitors filled out donation cards to adorn Christmas trees in the shelter, bought raffle tickets, or browsed the selection of hats, sweat shirts and T-shirts with the shelter logo.

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"He came into the shelter as a stray," Caldwell said of Bo, whom the staff called Eddie before the Tiedemanns adopted him.

"We had gotten our previous dog here, too," said John Tiedemann.

"This is always a great party, too," Diana Tiedemann said. Their son, Bill Tiedemann of Harrisburg, Pa., also came to the shelter to have his German shepherd, Pepper, sit for a picture with Santa.

Katie, a maltipeke, sat wide-eyed in Santa's lap while owner Manieka Wright of Shippensburg, Pa., waited nearby with other owners and their patient pets.

Just like a kid at Christmastime, the shelter has a wish list of donations it would like to receive or get the money to pay for. It includes a new shed, a power washer, bleach and detergent, puppy and kitten food, office supplies, towels and paper products, and air purifiers, according to the open house brochure.

The best gift any of the animals at the shelter will get this Christmas is adoption, Caldwell said. The shelter has about 18 dogs and 40 cats available for adoption now, she said.

On an average day, Caldwell said the shelter has about 35 dogs and 70 cats in its care.

For more information about adopting a pet or making a donation, call 717-263-5791.




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Wish list: The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter in Chambersburg, Pa., needs a new shed, a power washer, bleach and detergent, puppy and kitten food, office supplies, towels and paper products, and air purifiers.

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