Local shelter dogs are ‘treated’ to early holiday gifts

December 4, 2012 • Local News

Pastor Glenn Thyrion (far left) and other members of Trinity United Methodist Church hold puppies at the Roswell Humane Society with manager Carol Rogers (far right.) (Ilissa Gilmore Photo)

Members of Trinity United Methodist Church delivered handmade dog treats to local animal shelters Monday in an effort to show holiday spirit to canines and raise awareness of animal adoption.

Rev. Glenn Thyrion said the church participates in a program that provides gifts for children who have parents in jail, but “we didn’t think anyone was doing anything for dogs in ‘doggie jail,’”— or places [auth] such as the Roswell Humane Society and Roswell Animal Services.

Congregation members and other volunteers listened to Christmas music as they prepared the dough, made of whole wheat flour, baking powder, peanut butter and chicken broth, for baking. The biscuits were cut into various shapes, including a traditional bone-shape imprinted with the word “Trinity.”

Onita Barkley-King, who helped organize the activity, said it was one of the church’s mission projects to “do some good in the community.”

“The dogs and cats out there, they’re God’s creatures, too,” she said.

The church made close to 600 treats to give to shelters as well as dog owners in the area.

Thyrion, who has two rescue dogs, hopes the effort will raise awareness of dog adoption.

“It’s more than about getting a dog a home, it’s about getting that home a dog,” he said.

Wearing Santa hats, congregation members brought bags of treats to the Roswell Humane Society and Roswell Animal Services and personally offered them to the dogs.

Animal Services kennel manager Tammie McKee said the organization was appreciative of the effort and the church’s interest. In November, the organization took in 563 animals of which 45 were adopted, she said.

At the Humane Society, 65 dogs and 25 cats are available for adoption. The center can house close to 1,000 dogs and 400 cats a year.

“I think it’s a terrific thing they’re doing,” said Carol Rogers, Humane Society manager. “Fresh baked cookies—what doggie wouldn’t what that? Our babies are going to love every bit of that.”

For more information on dog and animal adoption, visit Roswell Humane Society, 703 E. McGaffey St., or Animal Services, 705 E. McGaffey St.

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