Letters to the Pilot

Thursday, July 25, 2002

Appreciation for TLC


Dear Friends,

I'd like to present one of my heroes - Pauline Larsen. All of you know her. She's the woman who maintains the TLC Shelter, and can be found there all hours of the day or night doing everything from wiping up floors and runs, to doling out dinner to a variety of hungry hounds, to comforting a frightened pup in the midst of a late night storm, to interviewing prospective adopters with the scrutiny of a CIA agent.

Four years ago, I discovered that there was a dog shelter in Newell, where I was living.

I began volunteering, and my life has never been the same. As a counselor at the mental

health center in Storm Lake, I worked with victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, as well as the abusers themselves. My volunteer work at the shelter opened my eyes to another population who suffers tremendous abuse and neglect - dogs. Research tells us

that when there is an abused animal in a household, there is more than likely abused humans as well. We are so fortunate to have someone like Pauline in our community who is willing to take in and care for the countless dogs who have been abused and abandoned.

Although dogs who end up at the shelter have had a rough beginning, we all know of the countless happy endings that have resulted from TLC's 300 plus adoptions in the past three years.

So I would like to extend this opportunity to you to show your appreciation for Pauline and all the countless hours she spends making TLC the kind of shelter we can be proud of in our community. At the same time, we would like to thank all of you volunteers and adoptive

families who have given your time and love to the dogs that come through the shelter. You help to create the happy endings for our canine companions.

Our "Appreciation Day" will take place at the TLC Shelter in Newell on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 11-4 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11-1 p.m. We would love to have former shelter dogs attend and bring their adoptive families to tell us about the latest adventures you've all had. Bring a lawn chair if you wish. Monetary donations would be gratefully accepted to help pay for the continuous vet bills as well as shelter supplies. Any old blankets or rugs would also make great donations for the shelter.

If you have any questions or would like to help out in the preparations for this special day, please contact me at 712-636-4446. Hope to see you on Aug. 3!

Joy Smith,