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Kind News Story: Lending a Paw!

Music students in New Jersey are raising their voices and their instruments to raise money for animals

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  • Music students at Veterans Memorial Middle School perform, and animals are the winners. Tom Kelly

Enthusiastic applause follows the performers as they file off the stage. Once again, students at Veterans Memorial Middle School in Brick, New Jersey, have put on a great show for family, friends—and animals in need.

For the past six years, the school’s annual chorus and string ensemble concert has been dedicated to helping animals. The money raised from ticket sales is donated to the Jersey Shore Animal Center and the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance. So far, the students have raised $15,665!

“Funds like this make a tremendous difference in the day-to-day care of our little four-legged friends,” says Pat Wallace, executive director aof the Jersey Shore Animal Center. Not only do the kids donate money, they also ask concert-goers to donate supplies on the shelter’s wish list.

Giving Pets a Second Chance

The Lending a Paw! Program was created by the school’s music director, Kristen Murdock. “It’s so important for children of all ages to get involved and know that they can make a difference,” she says.

And they do make a difference! As if concerts and supply drives aren’t enough, the students also sell gently used plush toy animals at their concerts. They explain that the secondhand toys represent the many shelter animals who deserve a second chance at a good home.

What sweet, sweet music!