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Exotic animals are the stars of Operation Blessing fundraiser


Published: Fri, August 11, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Brayden, of Boardman, got up on his tip toes to try to get a better look at the Nigerian dwarf goat that was at the Traveling Petting Zoo fundraiser on Aug. 5. All proceeds benefited Canfield Operation Blessing.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Felger Exotics brought a miniature Hereford cow for children and adults to pet during the Traveling Petting Zoo fundraiser hosted by the Canfield Dollar General on Aug. 5. All proceeds benefited Canfield Operation Blessing.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A Kune Kune pig from New Zealand, provided by Felger Exotics, wowed attendees at the Traveling Petting Zoo fundraiser hosted by the Canfield Dollar General.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

The side parking lot of the Canfield Dollar General got a little wild on Aug. 5, as the store hosted a Traveling Petting Zoo fundraiser, with all proceeds benefiting Canfield Operation Blessing. Dwayne and Daniel Felger of Felger Exotics brought several of their animals for children and adults alike to pet and hold.

The Felgers donated their services and brought with them a Kune Kune pig from New Zealand, a miniature Hereford cow, two Nigerian dwarf goats, a Brazilian short tail possum, a gecco, a moon crab, a Lionhead bunny, marmasets and several more exotic animals.

“When Sherri Lupole, manager of the Canfield Dollar General, asked me if I could bring my animals as a fundraiser for Canfield Operation Blessing, of course I said yes. I am happy to help them out. It is definitely worth the while. These are animals kids don’t get to see every day, and to provide them the opportunity to see them up close and pet them and to also help Operation Blessing is just great,” Dwayne Felger said.

According to Canfield Operation Blessing Director Julie Kercher, the money raised by the Traveling Petting Zoo will be used to purchase food to be distributed by Operation Blessing.

“All the money raised here today will be used to purchase food to stock our food pantry. I would like to thank Dwayne and Daniel for donating their time and animals. And I would also like to thank Dollar General and especially Sherri for the idea of hosting this event for us and making it happen. We appreciate all they have done for us. Thank you to all our volunteers who came out to help today, too,” Kercher said.


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