Two separate community service projects in Kenai and Nikiski have a couple things in common; both ideas originated from students and were directed to help make a positive impact in the lives of pets.
Judy Fandrei, having been a veterinarian technician for the last 10-plus years, started volunteering at the Kenai Animal Shelter a couple years ago because she wanted to do something with animals that didn't have a home. It was at the shelter she saw a problem. "I realized what a big, big problem we have with not enough homes for cats and dogs on the Peninsula," she said. "Just being there one day, I was amazed with how many animals came in." She knew she needed to do something, but it didn't just happen overnight.
Jamie Riley is a dog's best friend, and not just to her own pets, but to those without homes too.
While pet owners may have gotten holiday goodies for their own furry friends, animal shelter managers are hoping that central peninsula residents won't forget to get something for all the pound puppies and homeless kitties while completing those last few days of seasonal shopping.
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