This story appeared in the Cleburne Times-Review:
Just in time for the holidays, the Cleburne Animal Shelter is selling a 2019 calendar which features photos of local first responders with shelter dogs.
The calender — Rescues & Rescuers — was created by the Cleburne Times-Review and features officers with the Cleburne Police Department and firefighters from the Cleburne Fire Department.
“I am very grateful to the Times-Review for putting this project together and to those businesses that elected to have their ads in the calendar,” Cleburne Animal Services Manager Mindy Henry said. “I was very happy that Cleburne’s police and fire departments wanted to be a part of this as well. It is great to have these different businesses and departments come together in this and we really appreciate the support. The calendars turned out wonderful.”
This is the first year the Times-Review has teamed up with the shelter for such a project.
“The Times-Review is proud to be a partner with the Cleburne Animal Shelter for this project,” General Manager Dale Gosser said. “We are pleased to play a key role in our community, giving back and helping support such a great cause. We thank the Cleburne Fire Department and Cleburne Police Department for their support and allowing us to photograph their men and women for the calendar. Our collaborative effort with the city will benefit the shelter greatly.”
Animal lovers can purchase their calendar for $15 at the shelter, 2375 Service Drive.
Cleburne Police Chief Rob Severance said he believes the calendar is going to be a hit with Cleburne residents.
“We are so proud to be able to help support our animal shelter,” he said. “We hope people will consider buying one of the calenders and also perhaps adopting a new furry friend to be a member of their family.”
Cleburne Fire Chief Scott Lail expressed similar sentiments.
“You always hear about firefighters saving cats in trees,” he said. “But we also love to help animals be adopted out of the animal shelter. We know this calendar will help promote that.”
The 2019 calendar features the following officers and firefighters:
• January: Firefighters Danny Wilson, Ethan Mayfield, Chad Lloyd, Clayton Sains, Willie Rodriguez and Cory Lee.
• February: Police officer Dennis Ney.
• March: Firefighter Ethan Mayfield.
• April: Detective Colby Burris.
• May: Firefighter Cody Lee.
• June: Deputy Marshal Kayla Wright.
• July: Firefighter Clayton Sains.
• August: Police officer Sandy Blunck.
• September: Fire Chief Scott Lail.
• October: Police officers Shane Wickson and Rob Thompson.
• November: Firefighter Chad Lloyd.
• December: Assistant Police Chief Amy Knoll.
Henry said 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Happy Tails Fund.
“The Happy Tails Fund helps with many things, but first and foremost it helps us provide extensive or emergency treatment to animals in our care that our budget might not cover,” she said. “For example: heartworm treatment on an otherwise adoptable dog or X-rays and repair of a broken limb, mange or severe ringworm treatment.
“This fund also allows us to help certain citizens in need with spay/neuter and vaccinations for their pet. Whether it’s providing care to a sick animal that is otherwise adoptable or preventing many unwanted litters from ending up at the shelter — these donations help us save lives.”
The back of the calendar also includes a pet health record, allowing pet owners to document vet visit history, immunization history and known conditions and allergies.
While you’re at the shelter to pick up a calendar, go ahead and take a look at the animals that are available for adoption.
In honor of Veterans Day, the shelter is waiving all adoption fees for active duty servicemembers and veterans through Nov. 21.
The shelter will also reduce the adoption fee to $25 of any “veteran” animal that has been at the shelter for 30 days or longer.
“We wanted to do something special for Veterans Day to honor the men and women who have served our country and what could be better than helping a veteran find a new furry friend or finding a ‘shelter veteran’ find a new home?” Henry said.
Available pets can be seen in person at the shelter or at petango.com/cleburne.