Pennies For Pets Raises $450 For Humane Society

Pennies for Pets, one of 36 sessions offered during Kids’ College, an annual summer educational experience offered for children ages 8 to 12 by Jamestown Community College’s Center for Continuing Education, inspired participants to go a step further in what they learned.

In Pennies for Pets, children learned how to choose and care for a pet and explored the importance of giving back to the less fortunate in the community. They organized a candy sale and donated $450.05 in proceeds to the Chautauqua County Humane Society. In addition, the children made sleep/pet mats and dog treats, which they also donated.

“These children do so much more than raise money,” said Delana Rupp, Kids’ College program coordinator. “The lessons they learn in stewardship, helping those in need, and giving back to our community are truly amazing.”

Humane Society volunteers Erin, Logan and Laura Burstrom brought a ferret, iguana, and two dogs to greet the students on the final day of the program.

Nichole Kretz, Pennies for Pets instructor, and the children presented the Burstroms with their fundraising proceeds. Humane Society executive director Jeff Lubi wrote, “Thank you all for making it possible to care for so many pets” in a note to the children.