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Norwich Bulletin - 9/11/2005

Meet The Real Stars

We all have our favorite televisions shows as well as our favorite stars. My cats (especially Milo) love Animal Precinct, New York - especially Joann Sandano. But every one of the special agents are completely dedicated to helping animals, and I think their lives are so exciting.

I am one of their biggest fans, and when all of our volunteers were trying to figure out who should get the Milo Humanitarian Award this year, Milo let me know in his own way, who should get it. During an episode of Animal Precinct New York, Milo actually went over to the television, stood up on his haunches and started pawing at Joann!

Well, that clinched it for me. After all, no one works harder than the Animal Cops. They see things that regular people, even rescuers like Helping Paws, will never see. They are brave, going into areas that are dangerous and scary and trying to save animals that have been so abused they don't recognize any humans as friends. They have to make some tough decisions, too.

After all, some of their rescues are just too sick or too far gone emotionally to make it. I don't think there is anyone more worthy then these hard working, animal saving, officers - and since they are all equally worthy, why I felt I had to choose Milo's personal favorite? After all, the award is named after him!

I had our Helping Paws' administrator check to see if Joann would like to come to Connecticut and meet Milo and all the wonderful people in Norwich who support our organization year after year at our silent auction/dinner at Aleia's Restaurant. Of course, when she heard that Milo was going to be there with his brand new police officer's uniform, giving out this year's Humanitarian Award with his pal Cheddar, in his uniform, she said she couldn't say no.

And when we asked her if she would sign some autographs on specially designed cat potholders that every attendee is going to get when they walk through the door, she agreed. Helping Paws thinks that's pretty neat.

So, mark your calendars please. On October 1st from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, Helping Paws is going to host a dinner and silent auction at Aleia's Restaurant in Old Saybrook.
The ticket gets you a great meal and a bidder's number so you can bid on things like a helicopter ride during foliage or a private sailing trip on the Mystic River in the

There are lots of theme baskets like the Survivor basket, the I love hot things basket, the new kitty basket, or the Octoberfest basket with special beers and treats. There are collectables, antiques, gift certificates by lots of great local businesses (like Bob's Bucks) and special animal oriented items. Oh, and did I mention the awesome art by the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts' students and graduates? Now, here's the really important part. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time, as we are limited to 150 people.

The cost is $35 a person and you can order by sending your check, with your name and address and phone number to: Helping Paws, P.O. Box 476, Colchester, CT 06415. If you need more information you can call 860-434-4328 or email us at All the proceeds go directly to helping the animals in New London County. No one gets paid at Helping Paws, not even me!

Helping Paws wants to make this fundraiser a huge success, as well as honor a deserving person. We can't do that unless people come. So please take a minute to order your tickets right now - we hope to have a spectacular event with Joann and besides supporting a great cause, you will also get some great deals!

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