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Kindergartner Brynna Jones donates to Angels for Animals

Published: Fri, August 4, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Kindergartner Brynna Jones presented a check for $1,000, which she raised by having bake sales, to Angels for Animals co-founder Diane Less on June 3.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Brynna Jones and her family, Dustin, Lindsay and Bastein, celebrated Brynna’s $1,000 donation to Angels for Animals during the organization’s Cats, Cupcakes and Coffee open house and bake sale on June 3.



Once kindergarten student Brynna Jones decided she wanted to help the cats at Angels for Animals, there was no stopping her. Jones raised $1,000 through bake sales to donate to Angels for Animals’ new Angel Wing. Brynna presented her donation to Angels for Animals co-founder Diane Less during the organization’s Cats, Cupcakes and Coffee open house and bake sale on June 3.

Jones’ parents, Lindsay and Dustin, said they appreciated all the help Brynna was given to make her bake sales such a success.

“We held the bake sales at the Fred Astaire Dance Company of Youngstown, which Dustin co-owns. The students of the school were so great and so supportive of Brynna’s bake sales, by both donating items and buying items. They donated a variety of baked goods, such as cupcakes and cake pops. We just can’t thank them enough,” Lindsay said.

Brynna adopted her cat from Angels for Animals two years ago and said she wanted to help the cats there.

“I wanted to raise money to help the cats at Angels for Animals and I had a lot of fun doing the bake sales. And I like cupcakes, so I thought that would be a good thing to sell,” Brynna said.

June is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month and at Angels for Animals, the timing is perfect as “kitten season” has pushed the number of adult cats waiting for permanent homes to more than 130.

Hundreds of homeless kittens are born each year during spring and early summer and the majority are brought to Angels for Animals by people wanting to help, explained Rhonda Kratko, manager of the Cat Wing at AFA.

Kratko is hopeful that an event such as National Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month will promote the local need for both adopters and fosters.

“This large influx of kittens creates an additional dilemma in that the adult cats that have been waiting for homes now have to compete with the overabundance of kittens that need homes. We always need people willing to adopt, and at this time of year, that need increases beyond measure,” said Kratko.

Anyone interested in adopting or fostering can contact Kratko by calling 330-549-1111, ext. 121.

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