The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

October 12, 2012

Local animal shelter awarded $1,000 grant

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — BARC, The Humane Society of Palestine was one of 150 shelters and rescue groups nationwide to receive a $1,000 Operation Grant from the Pedigree Foundation in partnership with Petfinder Foundation.

The grants are intended to assist in funding basic operation costs, such as facility/structure, medical, transportation, spay/neuter and other basic needs to help make dogs more adoptable.

“We believe that all dogs deserve to be loved and cared for,” Pedigree Foundation president Debra Fair said. “Our partnership with Petfinder Foundation, allows us to make the greatest difference in the animal shelter community through these operational grants.”

Toni Morgan, Petfinder Foundation program director, said that Operational Grants are often the most difficult for shelters to secure.

“Grants like these from Pedigree Foundation for basic needs are particularly helpful right now when animal welfare groups are facing tough economic realities like the rest of us,” Morgan said.

To be eligible for the grants, animal welfare organizations must be members of, the largest database of homeless pets on the web. BARC, The Humane Society posts its pets at

Halloween at the Hatchery

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center of Athens will host the annual “Halloween at the Hatchery” event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Local businesses and organizations will hand out free candy to the expected 3,000 people, and the center will be decorated throughout with a Halloween theme.

No one will be admitted before 6 p.m., and no pets are allowed. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission is $1 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Rainbow Room of Henderson County, Henderson County Humane Society and the East Texas Crisis Center.

Halloween at the Hatchery is TFFC’s way of giving East Texas families a safe place to go trick-or-treating while raising money for local causes.

PHS Class of 1947 Reunion

The Palestine High School Class of 1947 will have its reunion on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27 at the First Christian Church, located on E. Crawford St. in Palestine.

The event begins with a gathering of class members at 1:30 p.m.  Friday, Oct. 26 at the church. A meal consisting of finger foods will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Classmates will meet back at the church at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for fellowship, a memorial service and a time of remembrance. A catered meal will be served at 12:30 p.m.

The reunion will conclude at 2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call W. P. (Chubby) Alford at 903-729-0310.