Adopt-a-thon successful

Thank you Marietta Moose Lodge 1823 and this wonderful community.

We read so many stories about animals that are mistreated, abused, abandoned, and worse. Too often we rarely read the stories of a group of people from all walks of life stepping forward together for our furry friends.

On Aug. 9, just such an occurrence happened in our town. Oh, it wasn’t publicized like the River Trails and Ales Festival, but so many stepped forward for the benefit of the wonderful animals that are the wards of the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley by way of an Adopt A Thon sponsored by Marietta Moose Lodge 1823. And it all started with a desire by one man, Andrew VonVille, administrator of Marietta Moose Lodge 1823, to host an Adopt A Thon for the wonderful animals that are wards of the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley. That desire led to an incredible outpouring from the community, from the members of Moose Lodge 1823 and from our friends, staff, and volunteers at the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.

We started with the following goals:

To find forever, loving homes for these wonderful animals. A challenge to “Fill the Truck” for food and supplies for the care of these wonderful fur people.

We were successful with both goals. We had one dog adopted and two fostered. Four cats were adopted. The truck was filled. The animals had a half a day away from the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley and were able to relax, be shown individual, loving attention. To relax, to be petted, walked, and just given an opportunity to be met by our wonderful community.

I can never thank everyone enough for all they did to make this Adopt A Thon as successful as it was, and I’m sure I’ll probably miss a few but I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all of the following and apologize for those I may miss:

Andrew VonVille, Debbie Friend, Mayor Joe Matthews, and his staff, Safety Service Director Jonathan Hupp, Jim Kidd, George Goodman, Carl Goodman, Kris Goodman, Regina Fleming, the corn hole players and winners that donated their entire winnings to the Friends of Felines, Chris Wilson with Premier Productions that donated the entertainment, Kevin Black whose expertise and equipment helped with the food, Ethan Keyes, Denise Keyes, Dan Stevens, Chris Murphy, Scott Martin, Clay and Nicole Clatterbuck, Duane and Ciji Painter, Jim Fleagle, Robin Lehew, Bryan Parker, Sue Emerick, Sarah Modesitt and daughter, Amber Delong, Peggy McCarthy, Kelli Lewis, Todd Clark, Steve Kidd, Shelly Kidd, Wendy Irvin, Denise Keyes and son, Deb Cronin, Debbie Ryder, Greg Slade, Jenny Johnson, Tracy Reifer, Jaime Cunningham and Gavin, Sheri Flint, Jo Ellen Gray, Sharon Paul, Wendy Irvin, Jessica Carver and son Seth, Steve Hanson and his daughter Railyn, Sharon Paul, Ted Leskowski, Kathy Mallett, Wendy Irvin, Vadalyn Taylor, Paula Robinson and her daughter (Abigail Robinson), Camille Collier, Teresa Cunningham, Celeste Ridgeway, Sandra Brightwell, Courtlyn, Keera and Ava Prim, and Steve Herron and his staff at the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, the members of the Marietta Moose that helped so much and donated much needed and appreciated food, supplies, and money, to all the businesses that allowed us to place posters in their windows, Donna Cernus, and to all of our friends on Facebook that shared the message of the Adopt A Thon. To all that stopped by to see the fur people and to make your wonderful donations, Kyle Hockenberry and his lovely wife.

I thank you all and it could not have been possible without all of you.

Again, I thank you all for myself, the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, and more importantly the wonderful fur people that are wards of the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley waiting for their forever, loving homes.

Ron Friend is a board member of the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.