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Humane Society Behavior Specialist Amy Mogler-Wyatt, AHS President of the Board Sarah Terry, Florence Thomas Art School Executive Director Kathleen Janowiak and Gallery Manager Joni Ray. With them are Reece, Star and Kit Kat, who are all available for adoption.

WEST JEFFERSON — Four months after they raised and donated money, the Florence Thomas Art School finally celebrated the nearly $800 given to the Ashe Humane Society Wednesday, July 8.

The money, $784 to be exact, was raised with the “Have a Heart” exhibition held in February and March. According to Executive Director Kathleen Janowiak, the art school wanted to present a big check to the Humane Society and celebrate the occasion, however the then-new COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to their plans.

However, with restrictions lifted, they were finally able to make the hand-off in-person, even if the money had already been donated.

According to the Humane Society board president Sarah Terry, the money was a big help to the organization, helping to keep the animals happy and healthy despite the effects of the pandemic hampering the organization’s operations.

Part of the exhibition was a raffle for a pet portrait by local artist Kelly Cameron, who serves on the Board of Directors at Florence Thomas, which is what raised more than $700. The winner was a member of the Humane Society’s board of directors, who had also served as a volunteer for more than 12 years.

For more information about the Ashe Humane Society, visit www.ashehumanesociety.org.

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