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Students reward pet lovers

Posted: October 15, 2008 8:17 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2008 5:00 a.m.

La Mesa Junior High honor students Dane Cannon, Andi Hill, Jordan Dulay and Kristie Moody sit in the lobby of the Castaic Animal Shelter with gift baskets they donated for people who adopt a pet.

Dane Cannon and his honor student pals at La Mesa Junior High school are at it again.

Last year, Dane made headlines when he decided to collect food for the SCV Food Pantry after getting the idea from a popular television show, "The Moment of Truth."

When the executive producer of the show, Howard Schultz, read The Signal's article about Dane's project, he was inspired to get out his checkbook and make his own $1,000 donation to the food pantry.

This year, Dane and his same group of friends - Andi Hill, Kristie Moody and Jordan Dulay - decided to choose a community service project to benefit their four-legged friends at the Castaic Animal Shelter.

The students collected pet supplies like collars, leashes, food and treats, then created gift baskets to be presented to anyone adopting a pet from the shelter.

"My cat, Midnight, ended up missing about three weeks ago, and I got him at the Castaic Animal Shelter, so I just wanted to do something to help out animals," Dane said. "This way, people get a reward when they adopt a pet."

Dane and his friends received donations from Petco, Wal-Mart, and fellow classmates at La Mesa to create several baskets of goodies for the new pet owners.

Dane's teammates from his Santa Clarita Wildcats football team, as well as some of the other teams and cheer squads in the league, also donated items for the baskets.

The four La Mesa eighth-graders were able to make some 25 baskets from the donated items. When they dropped the baskets off at the shelter, two boys were there adopting a Labrador retriever, and Dane and the girls were able to present them with a basket.

"It felt pretty good. They were thankful that they could get some stuff to help them with their dog,' Dane said.


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