2007, Xavier, Amy & Zack ($1200.00 Raised)
The Class raised money for three carts this year, two dogs and a quadrapelegic cat in Rhode Island named Xavier.
Xavier is a 10-month-old butterscotch and cream tabby who, because of some undiagnosed neurological disorder, is unable to walk. That all changed Wednesday when the fortitudinous feline was outfitted with a custom wheelchair.
Xavier's disorder, which was discovered when he was still a ward of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, is not paralysis. Xavier can move his legs, but he has poor motor control and cannot support his own weight. It is all he can do to crawl around, according to Laurelin Sitterly, his adoptive mother and RISPCA's humane educator.
Hi! My name is Marvin and I am a five year-old black Labrador. Unfortunately, like millions of shelter dogs that are no longer wanted by their owners, I also lived in a shelter for months waiting to be adopted, not once, but twice.
Amy, Scooter's sister (on the left, Scooter on the right)was born with nubs for front legs. She can use her nubs to walk around but it is much easier for her in her cart. She was chosen because the class wanted Amy to be able to keep up with Scooter, who got his cart last year.
Zack is a beautiful, healthy, elderly 13 year old beagle from Florida. He lives with 3 active young children and misses being able to keep up with them. Zack was chosen because the class fell in love with him and his story and being active kids themselves, they wanted to help Zack be one of the gang. He just needs a little extra help because of arthritis in his back end.
Hi, this is Zack from Melbourne, Florida. I am so sorry that I have not written to tell you guys thank you for my cart but my mom has been very busy because my baby has been sick so she was taking care of him. Now that she has had a chance to take some pictures of me and my new wheels I wanted to send an note to thank you for your generosity. It is such a great thing that you guys are doing by helping handicapped pets. Some people think that because a pet can not walk that they are not worth having, they tried to tell my mom and dad that because I could not walk that they should not keep me anymore, boy am I glad that they did not listen! Anyway, things are going okay for me right now, I still have to take medicine twice a day but I am happy that I can take walks again and skateboard with my boy. The new game that my baby likes to play with me is following me around while he is in his walker (and I am in mine) trying to grab my tail! I am really not interested in playing with him until he starts eating "real" food that he can throw down from his highchair for me! Anyway, thank you again from the bottom of my heart! Keep up the great work that you are doing, hopefully kids like you can help teach the big people in this world a valuable lesson. I hope that you guys had some enjoyment in knowing that you were able to do something kind for someone else (even if that someone else is a furry four legged "person"), sometimes the joy of giving is the best present of all!
With lots of licks! Love, Zack =]