Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 2, 2013

Nov. 2, 2013: Cheers & Jeers

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Thanks for helping family with van

Liz Surbey of Bunker Hill sends this Cheer for the community:

“I am writing this to thank the following businesses for contributing goods or financial donations for the community fundraiser to provide a handicapped equipped van for Darrell and Lori Gillem. Thank you to all sponsors, contributors and volunteers who made this event a success:

“Manna from Heaven Cakery, Kokomo Perspective, Golden Corral, Half Moon Brewery, Alison Brantley (31 Consultant), McGonigal’s, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, Mike’s Car Wash, Ducky’s, Discount Tire, Rent-a-Center, Joy Christian Bookstore, Hacienda, Urban Outreach for food and paper products, Kokomo Auto World, Country Catfish, Spray Tan’s Patty Thatcher, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Today’s Nails, Button Motors, Eriks Chevrolet, Adams Auto Group, Menard’s, AT&T, Little Caesar’s, Jamey Fredrickson, Shane Cottle, Successful Financial Planning.”

Pals rescues 12,000 pets in 11 years

Mary Helen Wilborn-Rouse of Pals for Paws sends this Cheer:

“Pals for Paws would like to thank the citizens of Kokomo for their participation in our animal rescue efforts! With our spay/neuter grant money, we have been able to assist the public in spaying and neutering 2,728 pets over the past two years! When you consider that an unspayed pet, its mate and all of their offspring can each produce approximately 12 new animals annually, it equals a lot of lives saved thanks to compassionate citizens like you who wish to help decrease our area’s overpopulation crisis!

“Through adoption and private donations, Pals for Paws has been able to rescue more than 12,000 animals since 2002! We are truly grateful to all of the families who open their homes to our rescued pets and give them the wonderful life they truly deserve! Every animal we are able to adopt out makes room for one more to be saved. Thank you for choosing adoption! This year we have been able to rescue, pay for medical care, and adopt out rehabilitated animals with severe medical needs such as mange, broken legs, torn ACLs, severe dental and organ issues, and gunshot wounds. We could not help these animals without tips from concerned citizens and donations.

“Additionally, we were so pleased to meet many of you at the Old Navy Kids Safety Event and the Kokomo Schools Middle Years Programmed Community Service Night last month. It was a pleasure to be able to teach some of your children how to properly approach a dog, the benefits of spaying and neutering, present volunteering opportunities to the area’s youth, and distribute many coupons for $10 spaying or neutering.

“We are truly blessed that our 100 percent not-for-profit, volunteer-run 501(c)3 organization is able to provide services to such a wonderful community. Thank you, and we look forward to your continued support in saving the lives of the area’s homeless animals! To rescue your next best friend or donate to help Pals for Paws help the homeless, visit our website at palsforpawsinc.com.”

‘The place to go’ with dogs

Monte and Susan Zinkan of Kokomo send this Cheer to an area business:

“This is a huge Cheer for Secure K9. We cannot say enough good things for this business.

“They groom, board and train dogs. They are so caring. With our situation, they bent over backwards to help us with our dog, Rochester. The business is very clean, and we never saw or heard a cross word.

“This is a new business and is not in the phone book. The business is located at 1105 Touby Pike. The phone number is 765-356-0502. This is the place to go if you need these services.

“Thank you so much, Chris and Bre.”

A time for counting our blessings

Jennifer Vary, director of Howard Haven Residential Center, sends this Cheer:

“Fall has arrived and the leaves are changing to beautiful colors. Autumn is a time for harvesting, gathering and being thankful. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for the many blessings it has bestowed upon Howard Haven Residential Center throughout the year.

“I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the many individuals, churches and organizations that make this all possible; our donors for all their contributions, the volunteer coordinators who provide activities, time and dedication to our residents.

“I would also like to thank Friends of Howard Haven for sponsoring our fun-filled fall and winter activities and assisting with the residents’ medication co-pays.

“The holiday seasons are quickly approaching, and this is a special time of year for our residents. The volunteer coordinators have been busy working with the residents on their Christmas wish lists. We will be continuing our annual ‘Adopt a Resident for Christmas Program’. This ensures every resident will have presents under the tree on Christmas morning. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting a resident for Christmas, please contact Priscilla or myself at 765-452-4552.”