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April Puppy Showers bring May dollars for WHS

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Article Published: May. 17, 2012 | Modified: May. 17, 2012
April Puppy Showers bring May dollars for WHS

Deb Flaherty is pictured with her newly adopted pups, Daisy Mae and Lily Belle.

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It may be raining cats and dogs in the High Country in recent days, but April experienced a “Puppy Shower.”

Deb Flaherty, a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Watauga Medical Center who recently adopted puppies Daisy Mae and Lily Belle, was the inspiration for the shower.

Flaherty, who lost her 13-year-old border-collie mix to cancer more than a year ago, was so appreciative of the opportunity to give these shelter puppies a loving home that she wanted to do more.

As a volunteer who serves on the Watauga Humane Society’s board of directors, she is well aware of the recent financial drought that the new adoption center has endured. With increased operating costs coming during the winter months, an augmentation in housing for more than 200 animals on any given day and a seasonal drop in donations, the funds to run the shelter have been on the decline.

To help with the deficit, Flaherty and her new pets teamed up to host a “Puppy Shower” luncheon at the newly constructed Irma Baker Lyon’s Adoption and Education Center on April 29. One hundred people were invited, and more than 60 friends attended, showering gifts and making donations for the shelter.

To date, more than $1,500 in cash and checks have been donated, along with many needed supplies for the animals. Donations are still drizzling in.

Flaherty would like to thank all those who donated and helped to make the event such a success. She also extends special thanks to the luncheon sponsors, Subway, Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Ingles and the cake designer, Bridget Thompson.

“Everybody wins,” Flaherty said. “The shelter animals and our community are so richly blessed because of the dedicated compassion and generosity of so many extraordinary people who continue to bring hope to the homeless here in the High Country.”

Others who might want to host a fundraising event for the Watauga Humane Society or send in a tax-deductible donation may contact the Watauga Humane Society at P.O. Box 1835, Boone, N.C. 28607, phone (828) 264-7865, or visit

The shelter is open from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and closed Mondays.

The Watauga Humane Society is located at 312 Paws Way in Boone. For more information, visit

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