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Toronto No-kill Shelter in trouble

Hi my name is Doreen Zita, I currently live in Toronto, and I am writing to you to ask for your help on behalf of my 2 sisters and a very dear lady who just passed away.

The Shelter is in Stephenville, NFLD and it was run by a Great Lady (Ms. O'Keefe) and her 2 dedicated staff members (My sisters). Ms. O'keefe ran the shelter for many many years and put a lot of her own money into keeping it open. My sister Gwen Samms has been there 24/7 keeping the Dogs and Cats healthy and alive for over 10 years, and Delores Samms has been there for over 5 years.

The 3 Ladies mentioned above have been the biggest supporters of the shelter, with a few volunteers and summer students along the way. But with out Ms. O'Keefe, Gwen or Delores the shelter would have closed a long time ago.

As I mentioned Ms. O'Keefe has been putting her own money in to keep the shelter going and with the help of fundraisers they had, no other monies were available.

Unfortunately, Ms. O'Keefe has just passed away (My Condolences) and the shelter may close, with no other supporters it probably will.

So the reason I am writing to you is because I need help in finding a website to put this story on. They need help and I am the only one who has internet access. I was just wondering if you had any recommendations for me.

I have to tell you, I have never worked at the shelter, but I have seen the work my 2 sisters do and they love that place (they would have to, it was a 20/20 shack with a least 100 animals) and would do almost anything to keep it open. It is in their blood, my family at one point had a least 20 cats in the house, my mother loved animals too, and she too would have taken in any animal on the street. I know if they have to call in the government to have the animals put down, my 2 sisters will have to be put down with them.


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