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Critter costume contest benefits local nonprofit

Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Local “critters” came decked out in costumes Monday in the Elmcroft Senior Living Critter Costume Contest in Lebanon.

The event was the latest in the facility’s pet-centric activities this month, which included visits from pet therapists, a visit from animal experts from Cedars of Lebanon and a visit from a bird expert.

“We’re pet friendly, and October is pet therapy month,” said Lynn Elder, marketing director for Elmcroft. “We were just trying to think of what else we could do for pet therapy and I said, ‘Well let’s have a pet costume contest.’”

Eight dogs and four cats competed for best costumes, and proceeds from the event benefited New Leash on Life.

“We’ve had some residents who’ve adopted from New Leash on Life,” said Elder. “It’s so important with seniors that if they’re at home by themselves with that dog and they can’t stay at home anymore, we want people to know that the dogs can come - the dogs can come, the cats can come, the birds can come and we help with the process.”

Amy Haverstick, executive director for New Leash on Life said she was thrilled when Elder approached her about the costume contest.

“We love any time we can get out in the community and showcase a lot of our adoptables,” said Haverstick. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

Elder said she was surprised by how much money people actually spend on costumes for animals.

She said the event raised about $120 for New Leash on Life, plus about $40-50 worth of items, including pet food and cat carriers, for the organization.

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