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Young girl raises money for shelter animals

July 16, 2009

Mya Rattay loves animals and she recently put that love to work for the animals at the Humane Society of Washington County. 

Hoping to raise funds for the homeless animals, the 7-year-old girl wrote a sign, attached it to a donation box she made and gave it to her father to take to work.

She collected more than $50 and used that money to purchase treats and supplies for the animals at the shelter.

"My dad took it to work with him at the Earl B. Wood Middle School (in Rockville, Md., Montgomery County) and he put it out for me," Mya said. "He is the principal there."

Mya's mother, Shauna, was very proud of her daughter.  "She just came out of her room one night with the sign and collection box and asked her daddy to take it to work with him," Shauna said.  "We don't know where she got the idea, but we are so proud of her."

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Mya's love of animals comes naturally from her parents. Her father, Chris, and mother, Shauna, love animals and Mya and her sister, Ava, live with two dogs and two cats. Shauna is also a frequent volunteer at the shelter, helping in a variety of ways. 

Paul Miller, executive director of the shelter, was impressed with Mya's initiative. "This illustrates not only Mya's commitment to help the animals, it also shows her leadership skills," Miller said. "I think I see a career in animal welfare for Mya." 

The Humane Society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2060 or go to www.hswcmd.org for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

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