Community supports Good Shepherd at Bonejour Gala
Carroll County residents certainly threw
Good Shepherd Humane Society a bone on
Good Shepherd welcomed the community
at the Bonejour Gala, an event that
took up the entire first floor of the Crescent
Hotel. The event featured a boutique,
live auction, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a
chance to catch up with two of the shelter’s
dogs. Shelter manager Sandra Mittler said
she was happy to be at the event.
“It’s kind of hard to tell how many people
are here because the venue’s so large,”
Mittler said. “It’s looking good. We’re
really happy to be at the Crescent. We’re
having good times, and we’re supporting
Mittler said those attending the event
could donate to the emergency care fund,
which would benefit the animals who come
to the shelter needing above-standard care.
Mittler remembered when one dog came
to the shelter in need of a leg amputation,
saying people donated to help that animal.
“That created our emergency care fund,
because we had this money. We continued
with that,” Mittler said. “It helps with animals
that come into the shelter that maybe
have a little bit more medical care required
for them. Anyone who gives to the emergency
care fund enables us to take care of
that animal immediately.”
Ernie and Joanna Sheick said Good
Shepherd is the nonprofit they donate to
most. They make jewelry, Joanna Sheick
said, and donate it to the shelter’s thrift
stores. The thrift stores generate most of
the revenue for Good Shepherd.
“We figure it’s a good outfit to donate
to, and there’s a lot of good people there,”
Ernie Sheick said. “They’re doing it for the
His wife agreed.
“They’re our main charity,” Joanna Sheick
said. “We love the pups.”
Debbie Clarke, who owns a clothing
store, said she donates to the thrift stores to
help out the shelter.
“I just like to see it prosper,” Clarke said.
“Mostly I give to the dog store, but it’s always
been a great place to shop. You find
unique things, sometimes vintage clothing.”
Cat tech Kathryn Johnson spent most
of the night with Felicia, a large dog who
came into the shelter with a tumor on her
foot three months ago.
“They took that off, and about three
weeks later, they came back and it got bigger,”
Johnson said. “She had to get her leg
amputated. It’s healing now, and she’s doing
great on it.”
Seeing so many people come out to support
Good Shepherd, Johnson said, made
her realize how close-knit the community
“It’s great. I’m from a big city, so I never
see this kind of support,” she said. “Really,
it’s amazing to be around and to be a part
Assistant shelter manager Kathy Cobb
said she was excited to see everyone at the
gala. Moving the event to the Crescent Hotel,
Cobb said, inspired everyone at Good
Shepherd to step up.
“It’s brought out a lot of creativity in our
employees and staff,” Cobb said. “It’s a
grand affair, and I hope it continues.”
Jay Fusaro, president of Good Shepherd,
thanked everyone who made the event possible.
That includes those who took out ads
in the October edition of Lovely County
Visitor, those who donated items to the silent
auction and those who donate time and
money to the shelter year-round, he said.
“This is a very important fundraiser for
us, and we’re just so thrilled for all the support
we’ve received so far,” Fusaro said.
“We greatly appreciate all the support from
the community, because without donations
and volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to
have Good Shepherd be the largest no-kill
shelter in Carroll County.”
All the money raised at the event goes
directly to Good Shepherd. This is comforting
for those who work at the shelter,
Cobb said, and interact with the animals
“It costs money to keep them housed.
You know that by your own animals, and
we have to have employees to take care of
them,” Cobb said. “They can’t go without
heat or air conditioning or food or water.
That’s what we do. We take care of the babies.”
Cobb described how important it is for
the community to support Good Shepherd,
saying it raises morale at the shelter for the
animals and employees.
“It shows us we’re not alone in the
world, and it’s awesome,” she said.
For more information on Good Shepherd
Humane Society, visit https://www.