Northwest NEWS

November 23, 1998

Home & Garden

Hooterville honors pets with Tree of Love

Tree of Love

Marci Hennes of Hooterville and Kelsey stand in front of the Tree of Love at Country Village. Kelsey is awaiting a loving home.

by Deborah Stone

   This holiday season, Hooterville Safehaus is offering a unique way for people to remember their beloved pets.

   White lights are available for purchase at $5 each to honor a lost, but not forgotten pet, and colored lights (at the same price) help celebrate a current pet. The lights will be hung on Hooterville's annual Tree of Love, and on December 12th, at 5 p.m., in front of the shelter at Country Village, there will be a public tree lighting ceremony.

   All funds received go toward helping homeless animals. Marci Hennes, a Hooterville Board member, says, "The holidays are a sentimental time of year for animal lovers to think about their deceased pets, as well as those they still have. We were looking for different methods to raise money for Hooterville and came up with the idea for a Tree of Love. It's a good way to get into the holiday spirit and remember all the special four-legged creatures."

   At the tree lighting ceremony, there will be an informal blessing given for all the animals and a blessings box will hold honorariums that people have written about their pets. For information about making a donation, call Marci Hennes at 488-8878, or visit Hooterville Safehaus at Country Village.