Homeless Pets Get Treats From Young and Old Alike

The entrance of the current Helping Hands Humane Shelter on NW Rochester Road in Topeka
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- A local pet shelter received more than a bone today.

Two local organizations donated money to the Helping Hands Humane Society.

Students at Whitson Elementary raised more than $500 through their "Pennies for Pets" campaign. Children from kindergarten through fifth grade collected coins in milk cartons for six days, and presented a check this morning

Whitson's student council organized the community project and inter-class competition. The kindergarten class took first place after raising more than $100 and received a free recess.

A few hours later the pet shelter accepted a check for more than $5,000 from EDS, an HP company that handles state health care. For one year, employees raised funds through bake sales and luncheons. They also offered "Jeans Days," where employees paid two dollars a day for a casual dress code.

Helping Hands needs $1.5 million more to meet their goal for a new shelter. The current building was built for 5,000 animals and the shelter admits almost 10,000 animals a year.

For more information about volunteering or donating, go to www.hhhstopeka.org.