Therapy dog birthday Sunday

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Warren County School District Therapy Dog Hero sits at the front of the Warren Area High School auditorium after he is introduced to the district staff prior to the start of the school year. Hero turns 1 year old on Sunday and Gold B students are hold a donation drive in his honor to benefit the Paws Along the River Humane Society.

A new Warren County School District therapy dog will be celebrating his birthday by helping others.

In honor of therapy dog Hero’s first birthday on Sept. 11, members of Beaty-Warren Middle School’s Gold B Club have arranged a donation drive.

Hero spends most of his days at Beaty with Special Education Supervisor Heather Stover. He is there to bring comfort to students and serve as a pilot for a district-wide therapy dog program.

Principal Shannon Yeager announced the drive on Tuesday.

“The Gold B club is going to hold a donation drive to support those animals who are still waiting for their ‘Furever’ home at the Humane Society,” Yeager said.

“That is just wonderful news,” Executive Director Karen Kolos said.

There are many animals awaiting new homes at Paws Along the River.

“We’re filled, just like every other shelter,” Kolos said.

Yeager asked that those who want to donate items in honor of Hero bring them to the school by Friday.

There are many items that would be of use. The wish list can be found on the Paws Along the River website and includes: blankets and towels, dog toys, Frisbees, Dawn dish soap, Comet cleanser, Kong toys, paper towels, laundry soap, Pine-Sol, Febreze, Clorox wipes, dog collars, and gallon zipper bags.

On Tuesday, Kolos said the items of highest need are laundry soap, dish soap, Purina Puppy Chow, and Purina Kitten Chow.


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