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Mount Vernon Animal Shelter Sale Raises Money For Trainers

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Homeless dogs, cats and other animals at the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter need handling and training, much of which is provided by volunteers. But those volunteers need training, and that does not come for free.

That's why the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter held a tag and bake sale Saturday – to raise money for volunteers to get help from professionals to learn how to train the shelter’s animals.

“We’re an underfunded shelter. The better we can train the animals, the more likely they are to get adopted,” volunteer Beth McCabe said. “We currently have two phenomenal trainers. If we can afford more trainers to help us learn how to train the dogs and cats, we can save more animals.”

The shelter opened its doors to the community and had tables of varied goods for residents to peruse. Volunteers showed off animals that are up for adoption, and one lucky rabbit found a new home.

Available goods ranged from stereo equipment and televisions to clothes and toys. A DJ entertained the crowd, and there was face painting for kids. Gift baskets that were raffled off at the end of the day.

“All of our dogs are Mount Vernon dogs. Some are left behind by families when they move, some are just tied up at our door and others we find roaming the streets,” McCabe said. “We desperately need money so that we can hire more trainers to train us.”

McCabe said the shelter didn’t have a monetary goal in mind for the tag sale, but she was hopeful that the sale would at least raise awareness that the shelter has countless animals available for adoption.

“We want to educate the public. We’re showing off pit [bulls] today to show what a kind creature they are,” she said. “We have plenty of amazing animals available that are looking for a good home.”

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