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Local girl donates to animal sanctuary

By Cat Smith, Mohave Valley News

402 days ago   Article ID# 2236220
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BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZONA (Mohave Valley News) - Most 8-year-old girls these days look forward to their birthday parties being filled with family, friends, fun and, of course, lots of presents. But for one Bullhead City girl, all she wanted for her birthday was to make sure animals living in a local shelter had the supplies they needed.

With an idea in mind, Lisette Tooley informed her parents she wanted those attending her recent birthday party to bring pet supplies that could be donated to Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation, a no-kill rescue facility in Golden Valley.

“I love animals a lot and wanted to help them,” said the shy 8-year-old during an interview Tuesday at Swantys, a drop-off location for RUFFF. “They need help and love, too.”

Tooley’s parents, Josh and Kathleen, were glad to see their daughter go through with the decision.

“Her birthday party was planned back in October (when her actual birthday is) but due to a family emergency things got postponed until a few weeks ago,” Josh Tooley said. “We also added the Wounded Warrior Project to our list that day so the kids attending had a choice of what organization they wanted to donate too. Some did both.

“Our family is big on volunteering and giving back to the community. We have even supported a no-kill shelter in Las Vegas where we donated items, such as bleach and blankets. I believe our community needs to band together and help those in need wherever and whenever possible.”

Hillarie Allison, owner and operator of RUFFF House, said she was overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of donations Tooley collected for her shelter.

“I am very thrilled to see what compassion she has at such a young age,” Allison said. “We definitely appreciate all her gifts and it is nice to see that being in this day of age she gives back to the community instead of taking.

“I also have to give her parents accolades for raising such a caring, kind-hearted young lady.”

Allison noted that donations to her no-kill shelter have been steadily declining over the past couple years. Donations, large or small, are always helpful, she added.

“There are designated drop-off locations, like Swantys, where they can leave their items for us to pick up,” Allison said. “Again, we can’t thank her enough for what she has done by gathering these donations for our facility.”

Connie Russell, of Swantys in Bullhead, applauded Tooley for her generous donations and the love she showed for animals living in shelters.

“It is the most awesome thing in the world: helping animals in need. Seeing this support within our community is excellent,” said Russell.

Swantys, at Miracle Mile and North Oatman Road, is also a donation stop for S.A.I.N.T. — another no-kill organization in Bullhead City for animals in the Tri-state.

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Updated 402 days ago   Article ID# 2236220

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