submitted by Lisa Graham -ESA, Beta Theta Chapter

Meet “Dreamy” the very sweet and beautiful German Shepherd! Seeking her forever home, she didn’t seem to mind posing for photos with the sisters of Beta Theta who recently presented a donation to the Animal League.

Beta Theta, a local chapter of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha international service sorority, sponsors an annual Mardi Gras fundraiser. Many deserving organizations benefit from the kind generosity of patrons and sponsors who attend and support the event. As animal lovers, the Beta Theta sisters are proud to support the Animal League which was established in 1988 to “help the abused, abandoned and neglected animals of Lake County.”

The Animal League is so much more than an animal shelter.

Ryan Pivacco and “Dreamy”

The Animal League is an animal shelter and so much more. The mission of The Animal League is to enhance the lives of animals and people in our communities through education, awareness, adoption, and compassion. In particular we:

  • act for the community as an advocate on behalf of animals.
  • provide for the well-being of animals who are abandoned, injured, subjected to unfair or cruel treatment, or otherwise in need.
  • provide shelter for these animals.
  • maintain a “no kill” policy.
  • serve the citizens and animals of our community by sponsoring related public health programs and upholding the laws enacted for their protection.
  • educate the public on responsible pet ownership including prevention of over-population by spay and neutering.

There are many ways to support the Animal League, including the Downtown Clermont Thrift Shop on Montrose, where it’s fun to shop and support animals at the same time!

On the Animal League website, the “HELP” and “PROGRAMS” pages are a great way to find many wonderful opportunities available to help. For example, Ryan Pivacco, who works with the Animal League, explained that loving volunteers make cozy blankets which follow a sponsored animal all the way to their “Happy Tails” adoptive home. Manager Jennifer Blank shared about the “Nourish the Needy Program,” a partnership to provide free pet food to local food pantries as a means of helping feed the pets of families facing financial hardships, which maintains the important human-animal bond during very difficult circumstances.

For info about available cats and dogs, please see or you may contact them at 352-429-6334.

Save the date for the next Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 23, 2019.


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