Cher, one of two littermates who arrived at the County’s San Diego shelter after someone cut off their ears last year, visited her old friends at Animal Services on Saturday, with a bunch of new friends in tow.
Penny Scarbrough, a teacher at Hillsdale Middle School in El Cajon, adopted Cher in January and regularly takes the puppy to class. Through their friendship with the pup, Scarbrough’s students got inspired to help the other animals at the County shelter.
On Saturday, Scarbrough, a group of her students and Cher delivered pet supplies to the shelter and presented a check for $250 that they’d raised for the County’s Spirit Fund. The all-donation Spirit Fund helps pay for surgeries requiring an outside veterinary specialist that Animal Services could not otherwise afford. The fund helped Sunny, Cher’s brother, get surgery so his wounded ears would heal correctly.
The Hillsdale teacher and students aren’t the only ones Sunny and Cher inspired; all the media attention the pups got this winter drew attention to the plight of injured and abused pets in our County and prompted a flurry of Spirit Fund donations.