Adoptive pet families return to shelter for open house

December 16, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Santa Claus, as portrayed by Harry Grove, gets a surprise smooch from Shelby, a pit bull mix available for adoption from the Antietam Humane Society in Waynesboro, Pa. The shelter hosted its annual open house Sunday.
By Jennifer Fitch

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — It takes a special kind of patience to sit on a bench in a Santa Claus suit for an afternoon as pets climb all over your lap for photographs.

An Antietam Humane Society worker filled that role Sunday as the shelter hosted its annual open house. Many people brought the dogs and cats they adopted from the shelter to the open house for a visit.

“Our primary purpose is to thank the community for their support,” said Andrea Haugh, executive director of the Antietam Humane Society.

Visitors also stopped by the cages of the 35 to 40 dogs and 60 cats available for adoption. Haugh said those animals and the shelter itself would benefit from donations of clay cat litter, bleach and stamps this holiday season.

Joel and Kristyn Shank’s family donated pet food when it visited Sunday. Two years ago, the family members adopted a cat named Lily, whom they described as a “perfect fit” for their Waynesboro household.

“This is the first place I’d look” for a pet, Joel Shank said.

The Shanks’ three children — Kara, Leah and Ryan — were trying to convince their grandmother to adopt a cat during the open house.

Sharpsburg resident Eric Brooks adopted Obadiah, a pit bull mix, in May. He said he found the shelter to be clean and liked its friendly employees.

Brooks said he brought the dog back to see how everyone was doing.

Darrell and Mary Edwards of Waynesboro adopted their dog, Pugsley, seven years ago. They said she has been a great dog for them.

“We come every year and get her picture taken with Santa,” Mary Edwards said.

The shelter off Lyons Road asked for a minimum donation of $5 for pictures with Santa. Its regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day except Wednesdays and Sundays, when it is closed.

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