Giving Tuesday benefits Burns Lake area critters

Lakes Animal Friendship Society raises $575 in one day

Alistair Schroff, director of the Lakes Animal Friendship Society (LAFS), says community donations help dogs such as Honey Bear, who was thrown into a river to drown with her brothers and sisters. She was found near starvation and rescued just in time. After receiving some much needed care, Honey Bear found a home filled with love. Schroff says she was the inspiration behind LAFS. (Submitted photo)

The Lakes Animal Friendship Society (LAFS) was able to raise $575 on Giving Tuesday to support local critters.

Giving Tuesday, which took place on Nov. 28, 2017, is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday.

The donations surpassed LAFS’ goal of raising $500 that day.

“The generous donations went over our goal and that means more companion animals will be helped through our spay/neuter, doghouse and community cats programs,” said LAFS director Alistair Schroff. “Our doghouse program means dogs, and even cats, are given a warmer and safer place when they are outside.”

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“They have also supported our humane education for school children and youth—an important step in improving the lives of animals in our communities,” he added. “We are so grateful for people’s generosity and kindness.”

Schroff said these community donations help dogs such as Honey Bear, who was the inspiration behind LAFS. Thrown into a river to drown with her brothers and sisters, Honey Bear was found near starvation and rescued just in time.

“After receiving some much needed vet care, she found the most amazing home, filled with so much love,” said Schroff. “Even though this sweet pup only lived three years due to health complications, she left behind her loving legacy.”

“So many dogs and cats need our help to find families that will keep and love them forever,” he continued. “And even more pets need to be spayed and neutered to stop the overpopulation that results in miserable, unhealthy lives for those without homes.”

“Healthy, happy animals are part of healthy, happy families and communities,” he added.

The Lakes Animal Friendship Society is a registered charity run by volunteers with no paid staff. All donations are used to help animals in the community. To find out how to keep supporting LAFS, visit



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