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TLC Twisters bring comfort to shelter dogs
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TLC Twisters 4-H club built and donated these dog beds to the Golden Belt Humane Society last week. Pictured are Parker Smith, Morgan Kaiser, Karly Brungardt, Molly Kaiser, MaryAnn Whaley and Kaitlin Adams. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

The TLC Twisters 4-H club at TLC Discoveries built eight dog beds which they presented to the Golden Belt Humane Society last week.  The beds, made of donated PVC pipe and nylon material, will provide a place for puppies and smaller dogs to relax off the cement floor. They are easily hosed off, and are quick drying, making them ideal for a kennel environment.  
“They are working out very well,” said director Chris Klima.  “They are small enough to fit in the kennels and are easy to care for.”
Phyllis brack, parent leader for the TLC Twisters, said several of the club members have a real soft spot for animals and found the project rewarding.  They plan to make more as supplies become available.  The club tries to do something positive for the community each month.    
In related news, the Golden Belt Humane Society held an emergency adoption event Friday afternoon, May 10.  Klima said forever homes were found for 15 animals.
“We did exceptionally well,” she said.  “We far exceeded my expectations.”
Part of what made the event a success is being able to offer a discounted adoption fee and provide spaying and neutering, Klima said.  Successful fundraising events allowed the shelter to offer the one day event.  Klima hopes to be able to do it again, as funds permit.  
However, on Saturday, the shelter took in four new animals who had been abandoned or surrendered.  They are open six days a week, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.