Humane Heroes April 2021

May 9, 2021

A brave and giving young lady makes it her mission to help shelter animals!

All of us at Associated Humane Societies want to send a HUGE thank you out to Avery Sontheimer of Corry, PA.  “Thank you” hardly seems enough, when you look at what this young lady is doing for animals in need all over the country, especially given the fact that she has some special needs herself.

We received a letter from Miss Sontheimer, along with a $5.00 gift card to be used to care for our animals.  In her letter, Avery let us know that in March, 2020, she made it her mission to help as many animals as she can in animal shelters all over the country by sending out these gift cards.  She writes, “I donate these gift cards because I know it will help animals.  $5.00 is not much, but something is better than nothing and I know how donations can go a long way”.  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Avery!

Despite the fact that Avery is being treated for an aggressive Ewing Sarcoma bone cancer, she has achieved more for shelter animals in a year than most hope to help in a lifetime.  As of March 22, 2021, Avery has sent out a total of 3295 gift cards to shelters all over the U.S.!!  Thanks to her Facebook page:  Avery’s Pawsitive Change, and the support that she’s received from people from around the country, she continues to help so many animals, and bring smiles to all of our faces.

How you can support Avery’s mission…

In Avery’s letter, she writes, “You are truly some animals hero, and you are my hero!  If ever you doubt your job, don’t, because someone like me looks up to someone like you”.  Avery- YOU ARE OUR HERO.  We look up to you, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for what you are doing for animals.  You are an inspiration to us all, and we hope and pray for you during your courageous battle with cancer, and that you will continue with the wonderful mission that you are on.  Thank you, from all of us at Associated Humane Societies!  You can support Avery’s mission by donating to her Go Fund Me page here.

Bayville Elementary School Helps Shelter Pets!

All of our AHS Lacey branch animals would like to send out a huge thank you to the students and teachers at Clara B. Worth Elementary School in Bayville, NJ.  They held a donation drive for our animals for a pet study project and delivered the tons of donations that they collected!  We are so grateful for the dog and cat food, blankets, toys, cleaning supplies, and more that they dropped off.  Thank you all!  Pictured here are: Ariel Maffia, Chelsea Conaty, Michelle Lozzia, and Carly Komerowski

Shelters Helping Shelters….

All of our AHS Newark branch animals and staff are so grateful to our friends at the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter in East Hanover, NJ.  These great people recently delivered tons of donations to us that included animal carriers, toys, food, blankets, cleaning supplies and more!  Thank you all so much for being heroes for our animals!

Young Humane Hero Helps Tinton Falls Animals…

All of us at Associated Humane Societies would like to send out a heartfelt THANK YOU to young Humane Hero, John Paik of Rumson, NJ.  He stopped by our Tinton Falls facility with lots and lots of donations that he collected for our animals!  The pet food, blankets, cleaning supplies, and more, will be put to good use and are so greatly appreciated.  Thanks so much, John!

Monmouth County High Schooler Helps Animals in Need…

We would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to young Humane Hero, Daniel Bricker!  Daniel is a candidate for the Honor Society at Monmouth County High School and his love of animals drove him to hold a fundraiser for the animals at our Tinton Falls facility.  He made up fliers for the donation drive that he placed around town and then delivered the tons of pet supplies that he collected to our shelter.  Thanks so much, Daniel!

Girl Scout Makes Toys for AHS/Popcorn Park Cats!

All of us at AHS/Popcorn Park (and all of our cats too!) would like to send out a HUGE thank you to Autumn from Girl Scout Troop #8498!  For her Silver Award, Autumn and friends made tons of cat toys out of recycled items for all of the cats at our Lacey location.   Thanks so much Autumn!

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