By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
Pets and Prayers, an event benefiting the Cleveland-Bolivar County Animal Shelter, will be held in front of the Martin and Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum from 1-4 p.m. Saturday
Frances Janoush, events coordinator for the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, came up with the idea to support the animal shelter and its director Jamie Gregory-Grant.
“I’m an innocent bystander, a concerned citizen,” said Janoush. “I write their thank you’s for them. I pick them up. After the first of the year I hope to get more involved.
Janoush described Grant as “incredible” with her work for the shelter and said the shelter can use all the help it can get.
The animal shelter is under pressure to keep a constant rotation of animals comfortable while doing so with limited staff and resources.
Lisa Miller, director of the railroad museum, invites attendees to bring their pets for the occasion.
“What we would like everybody to do is bring your pet, make a donation to the animal shelter, which could be money,” Miller said. “We’re hoping for food. Any of the items they need — bleach, blankets — this time of year.
“If you make a donation, you can take a picture of your pet with Santa Claus to use for your Christmas card or just for your own thing.
“We always want to try to do something to benefit the animal shelter every year. The blessing of the animals that is done in a lot of communities was sort of the inspiration.”
A list of sought after donations for the shelter includes paper towels, Pine Sol, bleach (not splash free), canned cat food, dry dog food (Purina, Pedigree, or Kal Kan), dry cat food (Purina Naturals), dog and cat toys, treats, blankets and towels and dish soap.
All who attend with pets must ensure their pet is secured on a leash as required by city ordinance.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be postponed, as animals cannot be brought inside the museum.