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St. Luke Staff Event Lends Support To Oswego Animal Shelter

For “Elvis,” a mixed-breed beagle, and other animals who call the Oswego Animal Shelter home, Wednesday’s can be a special treat, as they may receive a break from their daily routine.

Elizabeth Nesbitt, RN,  with “Elvis”and Theresa Makin, RN, director of nursing at St. Luke Health Services and a volunteer at the Animal Shelter. “Elvis” was visiting St. Luke recently during a benefit held by the St. Luke staff in support of the Oswego Animal Shelter.
Elizabeth Nesbitt, RN, with “Elvis”and Theresa Makin, RN, director of nursing at St. Luke Health Services and a volunteer at the Animal Shelter. “Elvis” was visiting St. Luke recently during a benefit held by the St. Luke staff in support of the Oswego Animal Shelter.

Once a week, St. Luke Health Services director of nursing Theresa Makin RN, who is also a volunteer at the shelter, stops in to pick up a fury friend and brings it along to St. Luke where they spend the day visiting residents. It’s special because for Elvis and others like him, there is no shortage of attention and affection as they make their “rounds” throughout the skilled nursing residence.

And to help Elvis and the many other animals served by the Oswego Animal Shelter, St. Luke staff held a daylong event to help raise funds that will enable the shelter to purchase equipment for a new surgical suite.

The event at St. Luke featured a “Casual Dress Day,” 50/50 raffle, and a luncheon featuring homemade soups luncheon and baked goods.

“A surgical suite will allow the veterinarian on staff-Ken Hodgson, to perform spay/neutering procedures on premises and other minor medical procedures,” said Makin. “The goal is to ensure all animals adopted at the shelter have been spayed or neutered so that the unwanted pet population in Oswego will be reduced.”

Makin added, “Thanks to all our staff, residents and visitors who supported our event; with their help the Oswego Animal Shelter is one step closer to the new surgical suite.”

Volunteers at the Oswego Animal Shelter will also be holding a turkey dinner fundraiser on March 14 at the Oswego Moose Lodge from 1 to 5 p.m.

Proceeds raised at that event will also go towards a new surgical suite at the shelter.

Several St. Luke staff will be on hand at the dinner to volunteer their time.