Library makes dog toys for shelters

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Librarian Mallory Wiand put on a slideshow of dogs that are up for adoption from local animal shelters. The dog toys they made at the event were dontaed to local animal shelters.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Canfield librarian Renee Beverly created the DIY Dog Toy event last year. She did the event this year at the Canfield and Austintown libraries. She organizes dog-related events for the Canfield library.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The people crafting the dog toys took the strips of cloth, tied them in a knot on one end and then braided them together.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Mallory Wiand and Renee Beverly invited All About the Pawz to the library for the DIY Dog Toy event at Austintown library. Pictured are Angie Westhead and a dog named Janey.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Austintown library hosted a "DIY Dog Toy" event on Nov. 15 where people crafted a dog toy made from strips of cloth. Pictured, from left, librarians Mallory Wiand and Renee Beverly demonstrate how they made the strips of cloth.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

The Austintown library hosted an DIY Dog Toy event on Nov. 15 where people created dog toys out of cloth for local dog shelters.

Canfield librarian Renee Beverly and PLYMC librarian Mallory Wiand led the event. They placed scraps of cloth on both sides of the room and had the participants in the event take four strips.

The event began with a tutorial video from the SPCA of Texas demonstrating how to make the dog toy. The SPCA of Texas staff member Shannon Bradford took the strips of cloth, tied them in a know on one end and then braided them together.

After the video, Beverly grabbed a shirt and showed those at the event how to cut the fabric to make the strips they used at the event so the participants could make the toys at home.

Beverly exhibited how to begin the toy and then let everyone begin working on the toys. While those at the library worked on their toy, Wiand put on a slide show of different dogs up for adoption at local shelters.

Wiand also invited All About the Pawz to the event. The organization brought a dog named Janey from their shelter. The organization rescues dogs from abuse and from euthanasia from dog pounds.

Beverly did the event for the first time last year at the Canfield branch. This year, her and Wiand did the event at both Canfield in August and Austintown. The toys originally went to pet owners, but Wiand suggested they should go to animal shelters this year to help those organizations.

Beverly, a happy dog owner, has done other dog-related events at the Canfield library, including a dog treat program. She finds ideas for these events on different websites, such as YouTube and Pinterest.

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