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have their day at fund-raiser
shelter event featured woman who listened to pets' tales of woe
Frank Kummer, Courier-Post Staff
- Maggie, it turns out, was suffering from feelings of inadequacy: That she was
too small or old and stepped on in life, despite her beautiful, flowing hair and
general adorableness. At least that's what the 6-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi
"told" Elizabeth Severino, the "Horse Whisperer" of the canine
a Cherry Hill resident and self-described "animal communicator," was
one of the more novel vendors Saturday at the third annual Woofstock, sponsored
by the animal Orphanage on Cooper Road here.
As an animal communicator, Severino said, she reads the
energy given off by pets and can translate that into human language.
She stroked and cajoled Maggie to tell all as owner Lynne
O'Connor of Turnersville looked on, impressed at Severino's insights into the
plight of her pet.
as Severino noted without knowing her history, is the smallest of five dogs in
her home and is frequently given to melancholy bouts of staring listlessly at
always wanted to know what she was thinking as she sat there staring at me,"
is a volunteer effort designed to raise money for the shelter, which needs about
$250,000 a year to operate, according to event coordinator Eileen Stukas.
people were expected to attend, up from about 700 last year. Cars lined busy Cooper
Road, often causing minor traffic delays as vans filled with pets and children
Organizers hoped to raise about $3,000. Most of the other money needed will come
from adoption fees, other fund raising and contracts with Camden County to provide
temporary homes for stray pets.
"The purpose is to raise awareness of the plight
of homeless animals and foster responsible pet ownership," Stukas said of
also said it was a chance to showcase some respectable vendors in the area.
Orphanage houses 75 dogs and cats. Most are held as long as possible, depending
on their "temperament."
is one of the most important factors that determines whether they're adoptable,"
according to Stukas.
Inside the shelter, Melanie Zintner, 28, of Philadelphia,
who works nearby, was perusing cage after cage of dogs to see if there was one
with a temperament suitable to her.
She already has a Rottweiler at home, but felt she needed
a second pet.
would love to adopt this dog," she said, pointing to Murray, a 10-month-old
beagle staring up at her with seemingly pleading eyes.
Back outside, Michael Bione was cajoling prospective customers
to try Nutro pet foods, which are designed to improve skin and coats. He is the
company's district manager for the company.
The foods contain no animal byproducts.
The Animal Orphanage has two more events next month. Two
Adoptathons will be held Sept. 12 and 13 at two separate PetsMart locations in
Berlin and Moorestown. And a silent auction will be held Sept. 25 at Voorhees
interested in attending those events, adopting an animal or volunteering can call
with permission. Original article printed Sunday, August 23, 1998.
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