MOUNT VERNON — Do you love dogs? Want to help the Animal Shelter care for dogs that need homes? Do you need a calendar for 2013?
You can answer all three questions with one act — purchasing the 2013 Knox County Shelter Dogs calendar. The calendars are $6 each or two for $10 and all proceeds go to help the Knox County Animal Shelter. The calendar is produced by the Friends of the Knox County Animal Shelter.
Spokesman Phil Samuell said he and his wife, Mary, volunteer at the shelter and for the past year they have been taking pictures of adoptable dogs at the shelter.
Samuell said they had been thinking about ways to raise money for the shelter and it finally came to them that they had all these pictures, many with wonderful stories of successful adoptions, and they could use them to promote the shelter.
The “cover dog” is one of those stories. Rusty looks like he may have some golden retriever in him, maybe some border collie, or maybe some Brittany spaniel, but he’s all heart. He was adopted in March by Stephanie and Jim Binns of Centerburg.
“He’s the best dog,” sad Stephanie. “He’s really good with my father, who is 85, very gentle and well-mannered and doesn’t jump on the furniture.”
They had been without a dog for a year and when they decided to get another one, they looked at the pictures the Animal Shelter had posted. They saw a dog whose white and tan coloring reminded them of a combination of the two dogs they used to have (a Brittany and a mixed breed).
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