Girl gives birthday money to Crossfield animal shelter
A local youth recently donated $180 to a nearby animal shelter.
Instead of gifts, eight-year-old Deneeka Brietzke decided to ask for donations for Tails to Tell Animal Rescue shelter for her Jan. 22 birthday.
“I sent out invitations that said monetary gifts were appreciated and that half of the money would go to an animal shelter,” said Brietzke.
She chose Crossfield’s Tails to Tell, which currently houses 69 cats and two dogs. Tails to Tell opened in 2010 and is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter. Its primary focus is rescuing stray or injured animal that would otherwise die without help.
An animal lover herself, Brietzke said she might want to be veterinarian when she grows up. She has a soft spot for felines because she own a cat, Tango, (who is 44 cat years, Brietzke said).
Before her birthday, Brietzke and her mother looked online for a few different shelters.
They had been to Tails to Tell before and when they came across it again, Brietzke decided it would be the perfect place to donate her birthday money.
“It was really neat,” said her father, Rob Brietzke.
“She came up with the idea all on her own, it was great.”
On Briezke’s birthday, she collected $180 for the shelter. On Jan. 23, they visited Tails to Tell and presented Edna Jackson, founder of the shelter, with the money.
“I was absolutely surprised,” said Jackson of Brietzke’s donation. “Kids are great at heart, and the money is so much appreciated.”
She said monetary donations are a big help for the organization and helps pay vets bills, dog and cat food.
The shelter is located on Mountain Avenue across from Critter’s Pet Supply where Jackson runs a pet store. Opened in 2006, animals were continuously dumped at her doorstep.
She raised money with the help of the community to officially open a shelter, across the street in 2010.