Animal associations

‘Plunge for Paws’ raises nearly $5,000 for Friends of DeKalb Animal Shelter (Watch video here)

February 6, 2022
From: Dwayne Page

Several cold weather enthusiasts plunged into the freezing waters of Center Hill Lake on a chilly Saturday morning in support of the Friends of DeKalb Animal Shelter organization to help raise nearly $5,000.

The first-ever ‘Plunge for Paws’ event took place at Holmes Creek Road Lake Access, near Redneck Beach, and nine volunteers took the plunge as several others stood and watched from the boat ramp . Each participant made a donation or had sponsors to help them raise money for the cause.

Emmaly Bennett, director of DeKalb Animal Shelter, said “Plunge for Paws” was a huge success and she thanked everyone who attended who was willing to brave the cold water, including Smithville Mayor Josh Miller, friends of the president Cathy Bader, shelter worker Maggie Turner, with Riley Young, Crede Colgan, Tyler and Caroline Cantrell, Terry Phillips and local minister Dwayne Cornelious.

“We had 4 jumpers who each raised over $1000 including Mayor Josh Miller – $1025, Caroline and Tyler Cantrell as a couple raised $1050, Riley Young $1000; and Dwayne Cornelius $1,040. With that and other donations, that put us at around $5,000,” Bennett said.

“We want to say a huge thank you to all the participants and the community that supported them. Our friends in the organization will use these funds to neuter community pets, reduce adoption fees for sponsored shelter residents, and continue to provide pet food to those in need in our county”.

“We’re looking forward to next year’s dive,” Bennett said.