Help for Furry Friends

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Elizabeth Kaufer, a fourth-grader at Academy Street Elementary School, inspired her fellow classmates to lend a helping hand to the furrier members of the community during a recent schoolwide drive for the Islip Town Animal Shelter.

“I was inspired to do something to help after a recent visit to the shelter,” said Elizabeth. “I wanted to give the many pets up for adoption some toys to play with and a comfortable bed to sleep in while they wait for their forever home.”

Elizabeth, a self-proclaimed pet lover, collected hundreds of pet toys, food items, bedding and supplies during the three-week drive. With the support of the school, she presented the donations to a representative from the shelter in early June. She received a proclamation from the Town in recognition of her efforts.

“It felt really good to help out, and I am so appreciative of the school’s support,” said Elizabeth. “So many people shared their pet adoption stories throughout the drive. It became a really nice school bonding project.”