Girl foregoes birthday gifts to benefit local animal shelterBy Emily Beckett Published 5:10pm Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Thirteen-year-old Hannah Killian has volunteered at the Chilton County Humane Society before, but Tuesday marked a special day for her in contributing to the local animal shelter.
Killian, from South Carolina, donated $133.14 and supplies she collected from guests at her birthday party this year to the shelter.
In place of birthday presents, Killian said she asked her guests to bring money or supplies, such as paper towels, bleach, flea and tick shampoo and hand sanitizer, to donate to the Chilton County Humane Society.
Jenny Milwee, vice president of the Humane Society board of directors, is Killian’s great-aunt and said Killian comes to visit her in Chilton County every summer.
“She loves to volunteer at the shelter,” Milwee said. “She loves this shelter. It’s always been special to her.”
Humane Society Director Jessica Terry said Killian’s donations and volunteer hours are much appreciated.
“She’s a big help when she comes down,” Terry said. “Anything we need her to do, she’ll do.”
Killian said her sister helped come up with the idea to have people who attended her birthday party bring money or items the shelter could use.
As she cradled a terrier lab mix named “Tutti” awaiting adoption at the shelter, Killian said she enjoyed collecting donations and planned to continue giving back—and coming back—to the Humane Society.
“I like coming down to see the animals,” Killian said.
She said her family adopted a Catahoula/Australian mix named Lily from the shelter in January.
“She’s so cute,” Killian said.
Milwee said the shelter is always accepting monetary and material donations.
In addition to the items listed above, the shelter needs Fabuloso, cat litter, laundry detergent, old towels and blankets, spray nozzles for hoses, dry puppy and kitten food, liquid antibacterial hand soap, antibiotic ointments, plastic trash bags (13 gallon, 30 gallon and 45-55 gallon), ammonia, alcohol, toilet paper, heavy-duty garden hoses, dog and cat crates (all sizes), dog/cat or baby shampoo, office supplies, peanut butter, pet nail clippers, batteries and more.
“Any donation we can get, we’re happy to get,” Milwee said. “I think Hannah would like to challenge kids in Chilton County to raise more.”
For more information or to make a donation, call the Chilton County Humane Society at (205) 755-9170.