Barbara Frazier's Paws in the Park Fundraising Page
It still surprises me when I meet people who do not and have never had family pets as they have always been such an intricate part of my life.
My earliest memory is of Blackie, a collie mix, who was a "runt" that my mom took in from a litter of puppies born at a junkyard. Mom nursed that little guy into a happy healthy dog. Blackie immediately became a part of our family and was a big part of my childhood years. Our dog was a part of our family because that was the example my mom, Donna Kranitz, set. She taught us that all lives were valuable and having a dog meant the responsibility of feeding him, playing with him, walking him and providing needed vaccines and medical care. Mom's parents had felt the same way and had welcomed dogs and cats into their home.
Over the years we had a menagerie of hamsters, gerbils, fish, a cat, a rat and an iguana. Mom was always on board as long we took responsibility for their care, learning about appropriate husbandry and following through with care and enrichment. This was an incredible foundation that blossomed into my love for all animals. Blackie was with us for 17 wonderful years.
After Blackie came Lady, adopted as an adult from the SPCA Serving Erie County. Beautiful Lady kept Mom and Dad busy while Jackie, Jerry and I lived in Atlanta for several years. When I came home I brought Blackie and Kavik with me, a pair of shelties I had adopted. Now we had three dogs in the house and loved it! (Well, not sure Dad really loved it...Ha!)
Eventually I moved out with Blackie and Kavik and Mom and Dad lost sweet Lady.
When my children were young, Abby, also a sheltie from the SPCA Serving Erie County, came to live with Mom and Dad. Abby had clearly missed some important socialization opportunities in her first 9 months and was nervous and skittish. Mom was so patient, giving Abby all the time she needed to become comfortable and trusting in her new environment. Sweet little Tramp joined the family and became Abby's best friend. Tramp and Abby loved when the 4 grand daughters would come and play and helped them to grow into young women who all welcome animals into their lives and homes.
It would be wonderful for all children to have the opportunity to have positive experiences with animals growing up. For both those children who have animals at home and those who do not, the SPCA Serving Erie County provides many opportunities for youngsters to get involved. We currently have summer camps going on for a variety of age groups focusing on various areas of the shelter including Veterinary Medicine, Wildlife and Farm animals. Our Tale for Two program brings children in to provide enrichment to shelter animals by reading to them. The volunteer youth program gives kids the opportunity to provide shelter enrichment devices to our animals while also helping in other areas of shelter operations and community outreach. Our Humane Educatuin department goes into Buffalo Public Schools to teach humane treatment of animals while incorporating literacy.
My families furry family members have all come from the SPCA Serving Erie County as have those of so many of my friends.
Please consider donating to my Paws in the Park fundraising efforts this year to allow the SPCAEC to continue all of the amazing work they do and all of the pets they provide to our wonderfully supportive community.
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