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Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Christopher's raises funds, awareness for county dog shelter

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Pictured (from left) are, front row, Robin Ash, Tara the dog and Maria Bennett; middle row, Kathy Mattingly, Sherree Jankiewicz, JoEllen Jacobs, Joy Hoover and Marc Rogols; back row, Tony Jankiewicz. (Photos by Trish Bennett)
Mona the dog gets to know her new "grandpa," Mike Griffith, on Saturday after Griffith's daughter adopted her at the event held at Christopher's Boutique.
Maria Bennett, deputy dog warden, poses with Trapper at Saturday's adoption event. Trapper came to the shelter after someone locked him inside a garbage dumpster and left him to die.
Partners for Paws volunteers Joy Hoover (right) and Robin Ash (center) talk with a guest at the adoption event Saturday at Christopher's Boutique.

CIRCLEVILLE - An adoption event held Saturday at Christopher's Boutique raised about $1,000 in donations and supplies for Partners for Paws to benefit the Wright-Poling Pickaway County Dog Shelter.

The event also found at least one shelter dog a forever home on Saturday and brought exposure to other residents of the county dog shelter.

Sherree Jankiewicz, owner of Christopher's, presented a check for $300 to Partners for Paws on Monday raised through a percentage of the store's sales during Saturday's event.

In addition, the group raised about $190 in cash donations, $66 in "keep the change" money from sales of t-shirts and magnets along with the proceeds from those sales, and more than $400 in supplies donated by local residents including dog food, treats, leashes, collars, liquid dish soap and laundry detergent.

Jankiewicz said she and her husband, Tony, have always been very proactive with rescue dogs, and they felt the adoption event at the store was a good way to bring people together for a great cause.

"Everyone was very responsive," she said. "We have a great community of very giving people, and when you get the community involved in something like this, it's wonderful for everyone, especially our fur babies."

In addition to a percentage of sales on Saturday, Christopher's gave an added incentive to shoppers with the chance to win a new Pandora bracelet in exchange for a donation to the shelter.

The five winners of Pandora bracelets were Jennica Savage, Jackie Eitel, Kelsey Clark, Melinda Reed and Fran Minix.

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