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CATA's Canine Club Gives Back to the Community

Members of the CATA Canine Club present the Sheriff with a check. Many students are spending the week of December 16th eagerly counting down for Winter Break but for members of Central Academy’s Canine Club, the week was a time to wrap up two long term projects for the fall semester. 

On Wednesday, December 18th members of the Canine Club traveled to the Lancaster Animal Shelter in Lancaster, SC to donate handmade blankets. Canine Club members began making blankets in September and as of December 18th had made 105 blankets. Because of their enthusiastic blanket making the club was able to not only bring many blankets to the Lancaster Shelter but also donate blankets to shelters in Rowan and Cleveland counties. All the shelters that were chosen this year use the blankets while animals are in the shelter to help them stay warm during the winter. 

On Thursday, December 19th Canine Club held its monthly meeting with special guests from the Union County Sheriff’s office in attendance to be presented with the proceeds from the Pennies for Police Pups fundraiser. In combination with several businesses in the community, Canine Club collected change in a grade-level competition. The freshmen class at CATA donated the most money to the competition during the in-school collection. Their donations, the donations of the other grade levels, and the donations made to businesses amounted to a grand total of $1,011.74. Sheriff Eddie Cathey thanked the club for their support and announced that the K-9 unit’s trailer now has a special acknowledgment of Central Academy and the Canine Club.


Canine Club members posing outside the school

Sheriff's K-9 trailer  Principal Merritt, Sheriff Eddie Cathey, K-9 officers and K-9 Jago

 All of the dogs pictured in the slideshow were available for adoption at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter as of 12/18/2019.