Benefit for SPCA continues
NEW CASTLE – Senior Girl Scout Olivia Dudding is in the final phase of raising money for her Gold Award Project for the Roanoke Valley SPCA.
She collected money at the Craig CountyFarm Expo in May and at other times from individuals who gave her donations for animals at the shelter that serves Craig County and the Roanoke Valley.
Recently she presented a check for $183 to Kathy Perdue of the Roanoke Valley SPCA.
Dudding also collected approximately 180 pounds of dog and cat food/litter at the Expo and a donation box at Mick-or-Mack IGA grocery store in New Castle. That pet food will go to the Pulaski County Humane Society to help out families who were affected by the tornadoes in the region earlier this year.
Monies collected at the Dalmation Rescue booth and the League of Animal Protection booth was donated to those booths respectively. Olivia emphasized, through various media, the importance of taking care of pets by using the spay/neuter clinics available, to prevent unwanted animals that end up as strays or having to be euthanized.
“I’m very appreciative of all the people who helped with my adoption/education project at the Farm Expo at the Fairgrounds,” Dudding said, “and those continuing to volunteer at different animal shelters in the surrounding areas. A special thank-you to the members of the New Castle Christian Church for their continued support of my Gold Award Project.”
She also thanked Craig County veterinarian Dr. Marjorie Lewter of Holistic Veterinary Consultants and her associate for taking care of the shots and other veterinary costs for the adopted Labradors; to Craig County Animal Control Officer David Fridley for his educational display, the Fincastle League of Animal Protection, which is a no-kill shelter, to Diane and Courtney Crush from the Dalmation Rescue of Southwest Virginia, the Roanoke Valley SPCA, and Angie Guthrie-Ponton from the Farm Bureau for her help with the Expo booth.