Monday, July 5, 2004

Furniture sales pay for neuter, spay program

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Members of the United Coalition for Animals have started a non-profit consignment furniture store to raise money to fund the organization's spay and neuter program.

Linda Richardson, Michelle Murphy and Steven and Marilyn Wenman started Pedigree Interiors at 9889 Montgomery Road in Montgomery Square to kick off the program.

"Our research and experience show that we cannot build enough shelters or find enough homes to care for the number of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens that have to be killed each year,'' Richardson said. "Each year, there are 32,000 pets put to death. The spay and neuter program is the only way this number will ever be reduced.''

She said the goal is to raise enough money so the group can set up clinic and have its own veterinarian to spay and neuter the pets.

"Right now we are able to conduct fund-raisers to help fund spay and neuter programs and to help low-income families who cannot afford to have their pets spayed or neutered,'' Richardson said.

Under consignment, when furniture is sold, 50 percent of the money goes to the owner and 50 percent to Pedigree Interiors, which is funneled into the coalition's spay and neuter program.

The store carries furniture and home accessories.

Volunteers are needed to work in the store.

For more information, call 793-7387.

Allen awards grants

Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen presented $1,000 scholarship to 16 students who were winners of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Ohio Credit Union League awards.

Recipients included Patrick Gage Burke, Elder High School; Ashley Burkert, Princeton; Lindsay Meyer Cates, Lakota West; Jamie Delaney, Wright State; Jill Delaney, Franklin College; Katie Deutsch, Mount Notre Dame; Kathleen Hart, Northern Kentucky University and Emily Hedrick, Miami University, Oxford.

Also, Kathryn Hickey, Ursuline Academy; James Gordon King, Williamsburg High School; Robert W. Lee, Winton Woods; Chelsea Nixon, Harrison; Charlie Ruehr, St. Xavier; Laura A Weingartner, Colerain; Samantha Luhn and Laura Twilling, both of Mother of Mercy.

Two get scholarships

Two students have received the Fidelity Mortgage/Laketa Cole Scholarship worth $500 a piece.

They are Davonna Gassett and Jens Sutmoller.

Cincinnati Councilwoman Cole presented the scholarships last Saturday.

Davonna is a Western Hills graduate and will enter the University of Cincinnati school of nursing with a minor in auto mechanics.

Jens graduated from Little Miami High School and will attend Miami University, Oxford, pursuing a degree in Political Science with a minor in Public Administration.

Giving back

Twenty-one donors were honored by the Hoxworth Blood Center this week for achieving milestones in blood and platelet donations June 16-29.

Donald C. Wesley of Delhi Township led the list by reaching the 39-gallon level. He was followed by Joe K. Smith of Florence with 35 gallons.

Others who achieved milestones during the last two weeks of June included:

Beverly T. Dorenbusch, Loveland, 24 gallons; Robert E Miller, Florence, 23; Tom H Ohren, Amberley Village, 21; and John V. Cimprich, Fort Mitchell, 18.

James M. Salamon, Loveland, and Ronald J. Newcomb, Bridgetown, 17 gallons.

Mark C. Meckes, West Chester, and Steven C. Brandstetter,Wyoming, 15 gallons.

Klaus P Birk, Miami Township, Hamilton County, Robert M. Bragg, Burlington, Gary T. Freytag, Kenwood, and Louis B. Vonderhaar, Springdale, 13 gallons.

Robert J., Danemayer, Westwood, and Janet K. Wendel, Mason, 12 gallons

John W. Cool, Burlington, Dwight N. Lockwood, Mount Lookout, and James J. Wojcik, Anderson Township, 11 gallons.

Anne R. Carson, West Chester, and William P. Patto, Colerain Township, 10 gallons.

To donate, call 451-0910

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