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OVCT becomes donation drop-off point for county pound, Humane Society

EAST LIVERPOOL – Even our four-legged friends need help this holiday.

The Ohio Valley College of Technology is offering residents a drop-off point for donations to the Columbiana County Dog Pound and for the local Humane Society in their second annual “Kitty & Doggie Drive.”

The dog pound, located at 8455 County Home Road in Lisbon, is roughly 20 miles from the East Liverpool area while the Columbiana County Humane Society is about 25 miles from their location at 1825 South Lincoln Avenue in Salem.

“Last year, our big-hearted residents, staff, and students brought in more than 400 items and donated almost $600,” said OVCT events coordinator Donna Juszczak. “Many people took advantage of a southern Columbiana County drop-off point for the dogs and the dog pound personnel.”

Students and staff gather around Charlie and her owner, Donna Juszczak of Calcutta, at the Ohio Valley College of Technology. Charlie was rescued from the Columbiana County Dog Pound about two years ago. The college will be a donation drop-off point for the dog pound and the Columbiana County Humane Society this holiday. Gathered around Charlie and Juszczak are (clockwise) instructor Carolyn Grimes of Salem, and students Rachael Milnes of Beaver Falls, Chelsea Beadle of Salineville, Mallory Logston of Salineville, Heather Anderson of Rogers, Nikki Leake of East Palestine, and John Shepler of Midland. (submitted photo)

The donated items – ranging from food to blankets to cleaning supplies – went directly toward the care of the canines. All the money collected last year went into a sick and injured dog fund.

This year, the college hopes to bring the same good cheer to dog warden Dawn Croft, deputy warden Shannon Triplett, and all the volunteers who take care of the dogs that are eager to find a home.

Building on the momentum of “Voice for Columbiana County Dogs,” the non-profit, volunteer group raising funds to care for sick and injured dogs, the people who help with the pound aim to become a rescue shelter.

Instead of resorting to euthanizing dogs that cannot find a home or become sponsored, the goal is to work with neighboring no-kill shelters and offer transportation to these second-chance shelters.

For the cat-minded residents, the college will also be a drop-off point for the felines at the Columbiana County Humane Society.

Donations that are appreciated for both dogs and cats are cleaning supplies, blankets, food, treats, collars, crates and toys. Monetary contributions will go toward the dog pound’s veterinary account or to the Humane Society fund.

Vet care is from Beiling Veterinary Care in Columbiana and the Lisbon Veterinary Clinic.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can stop by OVCT, Building 1, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Evening donations, up until 8 p.m. will be accepted Monday through Thursday. Items will be accepted until Dec. 20, 2012. All items and monetary donations will then be transported to the dog pound and Humane Society.

For any questions, please call the college at 330-385-1070 or send an email to donnaj@ovct.edu. More information on the dog pound, visit www.colcodogs.com and www.columbianahumane.org.

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