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Boy celebrating his birthday asks friends to donate pet items

May 08, 2010
  • Griffin Almany stands next to the items he delivered to the Humane Society of Washington County that were brought to his birthday party.
Submitted photo,

The winner of Youngest Polar Bear at the Humane Society of Washington County's 2010 Polar Bear Plunge decided it was time to once again help homeless animals.

Griffin Almany, 8, asked for donations for the shelter at his recent birthday party. Partygoers donated food, toys, cleaning supplies, and a total of $170, which was presented to the shelter April 26.

"I have a dog named Chopper and I really like dogs, so I wanted to help other animals, too," Griffin said. Griffin was accompanied to the shelter by his dad, Tim, and older brother, Tucker, who also participated in the Polar Bear Plunge.

After presenting the donation, the Almanys visited the animals including cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs. The boys petted and played with the cats and gave the dogs treats. They especially liked Brandi, a pit bull mix that reminded them of their dog, Chopper, and Squiggy, a rough collie mix.

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Executive Director Paul Miller was impressed by Griffin's dedication to helping homeless animals at such a young age.

"Participating in the Polar Bear Plunge and using his birthday to help animals are both such generous contributions. He is an extremely gracious individual," Miller said.

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

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