Teens in the Scranton Library's "Helping Hounds Club" worked hard this summer to raise money and awareness for animals in shelters. They made toys and blankets to donate and held two collection drives where they collected wish list items for shelters as well as money. The items were donated to Help Willy's Friends and the Branford Animal Shelter, and the money was divided 4 ways between Help Willy's Friends, Animal Haven, Forgotten Felines, and Labs4Rescue Connecticut, with each organization receiving $87.50. Teen volunteers also helped the Children's Department run a program called "Muttie-Buddies," a story time and craft built around the theme of helping shelter animals. The Children's and Teen departments of the Scranton Library collaborated with an organization called Mutt-i-grees to offer these programs. Teen volunteers who were involved in these programs were: Francesca Antoni, Alexa Betts, Caxton Connor, Riley Couto, Emerson Crowley, Luke Curran, Hayley Dean, Paige Dean, Xyra Fox, Zazie Fox, Abbey Glassman, Claire Hennessey, Lee Jamison, Shelby Jamison, Annabelle Kobylak, Bridget LaSala, Cassie Long, Carolyn Quoka, Kylie Scarpellino, Lexi Valentin, Autumn Van Antwerp, Mikayla Vitale, and Emilie Waters.
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