Employees raise over $2,500 for two animal rescues

Love for their own pets and concern for animals that are orphaned has prompted HKM employees to donate over $2,500 in cash, food and supplies to the Berea Animal Rescue Fund and Friendship Animal Protective League of Lorain County.

Pet CalendarThe fund-raising effort was capped in December by the sale of calendars that featured photos of pets of HKM employees. HKM designed and produced the calendars which were sold for $5.00 each. Services and materials were donated by HKM and all proceeds from the sale went to the two agencies.

A team of HKM employees spearheaded the six-month drive which included events such as bake sales, Jeans Fridays, selling ice cream treats throughout the plant, a sloppy-joe and hot dog lunch, and a gift basket raffle.

Employees contributed food items for the lunch and bake sales, and secured raffle donations from friends and businesses for the 22 gift baskets. Raffle items included Indians tickets, day off with pay, two lottery ticket boards, Ohio State and Cleveland Browns items, wine, pet items and restaurant gift cards.

Two Lunch and Learn events were also offered. PetPeople representative, Barbara Jourdan, spoke about pet care and nutrition, and Greg Willey, Friendship APL executive director, explained his organization’s operation, philosophy and mission.

Friendship APL of Lorain County is a private, not-for-profit humane shelter which has been serving the animal welfare needs of Lorain County, Ohio for over 50 years. The organization assists well over a thousand orphaned cats, dogs and other companion animals every year, providing food, shelter and veterinary care, offering a second home and a second chance for wayward animals to find a new loving home.

Also a non-profit organization, Berea Animal Rescue Friends “ARF” operates as a No Time Limit Shelter. Berea Animal ARF began in 1987 in one family’s garage, born when a small group of animal lovers recognized the desperate housing and healthcare needs of the homeless animals in the area. ARF is currently housed in a small building provided by the city of Berea, and is in the midst of a capital improvement campaign to raise funds for a new shelter.