December 11, 2015
Pets at the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter, on Long Island, in New York, have much to celebrate this holiday season. The Shelter’s Facebook page was happy to announce on Thursday that that two of Santa’s elves swung by and paid them a visit. The staff and volunteers are keeping their paws crossed, hoping that the open hearts of these two Good Samaritans will pave the way to get eight lucky dogs into new homes, and will keep the rest of their furry residents toasty warm, while waiting for their furever homes.
The first Santa’s helper is Sean, who came by with Romayne, a mixed-breed dog he adopted last year from the shelter. When the pair showed up, Sean wanted to show his gratitude for bringing this loving, four-footed companion into his life. Sean wanted to ‘pay it forward’ by paying the adoption fee for the shelter’s longest resident, to give that dog a better chance of finding a new home. When he found out the adoption fee was only $25, he decided on the spot to pay that fee for eight more dogs. Elijah, Norman, Camille, Truffles, Slim, Nadia, Caesar and Isabelle had their adoption fees waived because of Sean’s generosity. Friends of the Town of Brookhaven Animals Shelter’s Facebook page were so touched by his actions, that more became inspired and have offered to do the same thing for this shelter, or for shelters in their own hometowns. You might say that Sean unknowingly created a snowball effect.
Is it possible that he was actually Santa in disguise? Santa has eight reindeer, Sean paid to keep eight dogs safe. Something to ponder. Ashley, the Director of the Animal Shelter, tells Examiner that this kindness quickly paid off. Just hours after her adoption fee was paid, one of the eight was adopted. The shelter was thrilled to post on Facebook that Isabelle had a new furever family. Those adopters also paid it forward, and paid for another dog’s adoption fee! Photos of the eight can be found in the slideshow
Santa’s helper number two is Ms. Valerie Sanks. She’s a Volunteer at the shelter, and, for the past two years, has been collecting and donating blankets to keep the residents warm during the cold New York winters. She’s been helping the shelter animals of not just this facility, but other shelters around Long Island, in the same manner. Ashley told Examiner that in 2013, Ms. Sanks brought in a little over 200 blankets. In 2014, the total was a little over 500. Valerie set a much higher goal for this year: 1080 new blankets! On Black Friday she made a huge dent in that number, purchasing over 400 blankets for the shelters by using Kohl’s coupons.
This shelter, and shelters across the country, will always be thankful for small wonders and wonderful people such as these. Perhaps you can find a way to pay it forward in your hometown. The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter can be reached at (631) 451-6950. They are located at 300 Horseblock Road, Brookhaven, New York, 11719. You can donate to them on this link, and see their other available animals here.