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Girl makes birthday request to benefit homeless animals

Girl makes birthday request to benefit homeless animals

February 19, 2007|by MARLO BARNHART

WASHINGTON COUNTY - A trip to the Humane Society of Washington County in December had quite an effect on Brittni Leanne Reynolds.

Instead of just feeling sorry for the homeless pets, Brittni decided to take action.

"My 10th birthday was approaching so I decided to do something for them," said Brittni, the daughter of Brad and Brenda Reynolds.

The invitations explained how those who attended her party were to make their donations.

Brittni asked all of her friends and family not to give her birthday presents but to donate items to the Humane Society instead.

She collected $160 in checks and, on a recent Saturday, also took a pickup truck full of new and some used items for the animals to the shelter.


There were toys, some pet food and pet treats, and even wood shavings for some of the smaller animals.

"Brittni even had her friends and family donate old towels, since she knew we used them," said Katherine Cooker of the Humane Society.

Cooker said Brittni had no coaxing from anyone in her family.

Brittni's parents said they are very proud of their generous and caring daughter, Cooker said.

Brenda Reynolds said she was quite affected by the visit to the shelter.

"There were lots of strays but some were there because their owners couldn't take care of them," Reynolds said.

There was one dog whose owner had dyed the animal's hair pink but failed to take care of its needs, Brittni said.

And there were lots and lots of cats, even a few kittens.

"We took in four kittens once and kept one, finding homes for the others," Reynolds said. The Reynolds family home has a number of pets including a golden retriever named Hunter.

After the trip to the shelter, Brittni's mom said she was very impressed at how well-behaved and well cared for the animals all seemed to be.

For Brittni's birthday Jan. 7, the Reynolds family - which includes Bradley, 15, Brooke, 5, and toddler Bruce - rented a roller skating rink. About 40 to 50 people attended the party.

"I was surprised that I still did get some presents for myself," said Brittni, a fourth-grader at Old Forge Elementary School.

Inspired by her friend Carrie Rishell, who geared her seventh birthday party in late 2005 to benefit the food bank at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Brittni said she will continue to tie her future birthday parties to helping the shelter.

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