and Alyssa love animals. In fact, Danyell says, "If we could, we would
both have a huge house to help all animals." Though they are both too
young to have their own houses (Danyell is 11 and Alyssa is 10), they didn't
let their age stop them from making a difference for one Wisconsin dog.
two girls had heard about the efforts to help puppy mill dogs, and realized
that one of the greatest needs was money to pay the enormous vet bills for the
care puppy mill survivors needed. But what kind of a fund-raiser could two
elementary students organize?
the assistance of their moms, they came up with the idea of a bake sale. Then,
moms Denise and Melissa helped turn the sale into an Event, to be held at
Melissa's business, Styl'n Companions Pet Spa.
and Danyell tell us, "We received baked items from family and friends, and
all of us spent the whole night baking. We sold things such as cheesecake,
cookies, cupcakes, pies, carmel apples, ricekrispie treats, coffee and dog
treats. We also had a professional pet photographer there as well. We were
there from 8am to 8pm. We had a great time and would do it again for our furry
in all, the girls raised over $400, which they presented to Wisconsin Puppy
a seven year old female yellow Lab came into Sheboygan County Humane Soicety.
She had been a breeder dog at Pretty
Penny Kennel, a Wisconsin puppy mill, all her life. For some reason she
stopped producing puppies, and was lucky enough to be surrendered to the
all the horror she'd been through, she was a gentle and sweet dog. The shelter
named her Sugar.
most puppy mill dogs, Sugar needed medical care, including spaying and the
extraction of some rotted teeth which must have been causing her intense pain.
The timing was perfect -- ALL of Sugar's vet care was paid for by the donation
from Danyell and Alyssa's bake sale!
Sugar was fostered by a wonderful
"puppy mill dog" experienced trainer at the
Fox Valley Humane
Association, and has since been adopted into a fantastic home. She has
learned to stay close to her family off-leash and happily roams forty acres
with her Labrador brother and a friendly cat. Lilly has written more about
herself at: Yellow Lab # 1150: A Place Called Home .
The girls are already planning their next project to help animals!
Sugar and her
courtesy of Frank Schemberger
Sugar, now named
Lilly, runs joyfully through the fields of her new home!
courtesy of Lilly's new mom