Animal lovers show support for rescue
August 15, 2013, 9:00 pm by Alexandria Randolph
The grand opening of the Upscale Resale Shop of Living Love Animal Rescue was full of love on Thursday.
After recently withdrawing their interest in a possible shelter site in Cottonwood Shores, Living Love Animal Rescue opened their new resale shop that provides funds for its operations on Aug. 15, and were joined by a throng of animal-loving supporters.
The new shop is located at 407 Main Street in Marble Fallsand will be open Thursday through Saturday during the week.
One supporter was 7-year-old Catalina Masters, who has operated a lemonade stand at her grandmother’s home in Horseshoe Bayfor several weeks to raise money for the organization.
"She loves lemonade stands, said her mother Sharon Sheffield. "Soon she started making all this money, and I said, ‘Honey, we’ve got to give this to the community.’”
It wasn’t long before Masters decided which charity to donate her earnings.
"A week later I read about Living Love,” Sheffieldsaid. "She said, ‘Mommy, I want it all to go to the animals.”
Masters, who is starting the second grade at Spicewood Elementary this year, said that she loves animals because they’re "really sweet and furry.” Masters carried a photo of her beloved dog Mandy, who passed away last year, to the event.
She presented a cash donation of about $115 to the rescue, which she earned through selling lemonade.
"We need to teach the youth about the value of animals and the value of giving back,” said Living Love Spokesperson Claire Edwards. "It’s great to have a young person with that kind of consciousness.”
Another young volunteer was Seth Wilmoth, 9, who was brought to the grand opening by his great-grandmother Lucy Morris, an Oakridge resident. Wilmoth, who now lives with his grandfather Jeff Wilmoth, was removed from his parents’ custody by the state.
"This is a great opportunity for him to have his first volunteer activity,” said family friend Dianna Hardesty. "He likes people very well. This might be a new beginning for him.... He’s good with animals. He’s a good kid.”
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