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By LaMoine Roth, York Adopting a pet

There are so many York Adopt A Pet volunteers behind the scenes. They never expect rewards or attention. Their rewards come from the rewards they receive when they help out at the shelter.

One of those volunteers was Donna Feldt. She was the mother of Charleen Kimberly and Linda Eckard who also volunteered for YAAP. She died in 2016 at age 90. Donna loved the McCool community and she worked tirelessly to help anyone in need.

Charleen recently told me that she and her mom were at a craft show where someone was selling catnip toys. Donna said, “I can do them.” And do them, she did. They tried them with their cats and the cats loved them.

Donna has made hundreds of these little toys. Donna wanted to help no matter what. Charleen said that when her sister Linda was doing Wednesday night shifts, she would call that morning and ask if she should come with them. She would do anything for the cats. She opened bags of cat food to pour into the container, she organized supplies and linens. Anything Charleen could think of, she was happy to do.

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She saved every column and article about York Adopt a Pet from the News-Times. She organized them into notebooks and they are still in the building. She looked up to Judi and Gail Nordlund and was always happy to help. I have known Donna and her family all my life and can imagine her today shredding newspapers sitting along the south wall of the main hall.

Judy Manelly stepped in when Donna couldn’t make the catnip toys anymore and she thought it would be part of YAAP history. Last Sunday afternoon, Charleen, Judy, Margo, Marilyn, Linda, Cindy, Kathy, and Cindi met in the YAAP meeting room and made dozens of CatNip toys. Each cat or kitten gets a toy when they are adopted – I always ask if they have any other cats at home and if they do I’m sure to send them one as well. We’ve had so many people tell us that their cats have enjoyed them.

Thank you Judy for pursuing such a great project. The world would be a better place if there were more Donnas among us. His kindness and compassion for people as well as pets will never be forgotten.