According to Frosio, the polar plunge was initiated when her daughter was trying to raise money to travel to South America to volunteer for a People to People mission, to help those in need south of the border. After the first year, which was a big success, the polar plunge folks still wanted to take to the icy waters to raise money for those less fortunate.
Happily for LCAS animals, the money is now raised to bring awareness to the needs of the shelter. This year the plungers and sponsors raised over a $1000, which was matched by a donor to bring the total to more than $2000.
The shelter sends kudos to all who took the plunge or supported those who did.
A week after the polar plunge, a hapless blue jay flew into the window pane of the home of friends on Bisque Road. They brought the bird inside and kept it warm until Avian Haven (www.avianhaven.org) sent one of its Damariscotta volunteers to take the bird to their sanctuary near Freedom.
Alas, the blue jay did not survive. The director of Avian Haven emailed to say that in many of these window tragedies, the birds have internal bleeding from an injured shoulder and there was nothing they could do for it. She also said that at least it was warm and cared for. This is not unlike the kitten we wrote about last week. Love is a mantra for those who love animals.
“We all do what we can.” It is in these moments of sadness that we think about all the creatures in our care. “We do what we can.”
There are many success stories each day at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Right after All Four Feet came out in last week’s newspaper, asking for a steam mop, two very generous folks sent steam mops. The shelter staff is so grateful and they can use one mop for each room at the shelter. Thank you.
One of the most important functions of any animals’ shelter is to be certain, first that the animals are cared for, and second that the entire shelter is spotless.
In the cold of this winter, there are many dogs chained outside, without heated dog houses. These pets are never let inside the house – how sad!
If you know of any animal that you feel is abused by not being sheltered from the cold, please call LCAS and let them know. The animal control folks can’t help these neglected ones unless attention is called to their living conditions.
There are houses available from time to time to give to an animal proper shelter.
Thank all of you who do so much for the animals at the shelter and those like Avian Haven that have bird rescue volunteers all over the state to take the wounded to the sanctuary. Last year they rescued a wounded Golden Eagle from this area.
It was cared for throughout the winter and was released again into the wild in the spring. Check out Avian Haven. If you don’t know about this amazing sanctuary you will be uplifted by the work they do there.
Visit the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, located at 27 Atlantic Highway, Edgecomb. Your All Four Feet columnist is usually there each Friday, looking for stories for the paper. I’d like to shake your hand and personally thank you for visiting.
LCAS welcomes all visitors. Help us make 2015 the best year ever for animals, and please don’t forget your backyard friends who need your help with food in the cold- cold winter.