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Swim Party Helps Homeless Animals

Swim Party Helps Homeless Animals

Hagerstown, MD: When Alexa Vetter requested a pool party for her 11th birthday she hadn't planned on having a big party. Since it ended up being a very large affair she decided to have her guests purchase gifts for homeless animals instead of presents for her.
"We didn't originally intend to have a large party but since it was held inside at the YMCA pool in Waynesboro, PA, Alexa could invite a lot of people," said Alexa's mother Jeanna Vetter. "She just felt that there would be too many gifts for her if she accepted presents so she decided to donate what would have been her gifts to the homeless animals at the shelter." Those gifts were brought to the shelter by Alexa's father Bob.
When asked why she thought her daughter chose the Humane Society, Mrs. Vetter replied, "Well, she adores animals and since our dog Noel came from the Humane Society it just seemed natural." Noel, a Basenji Jack Russell terrier mix, was adopted by the Vetter family in December 1995.
Alexa will attend Smithsburg Middle School in the fall of 2009. She hopes to one day be an interior designer.
The Humane Society of Washington County is located at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown, MD. Visit our website,, for information on animal related issues, directions to the shelter and information about our programs and services.
The Humane Society of Washington County exists to improve the quality of life for all animals. Through education, legislation, action and leadership, we strive to eliminate overpopulation and to foster an environment of respect, responsibility and compassion.

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