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Sophie’s Summer Snack Stand earns $250 for PAWS

FORT KENT, Maine – Fort Kent Community High School student, Special Olympics athlete and cat lover Sophie Saunders recently donated $250 to the PAWS cat shelter, money she earned by selling snacks and lemonade in the parking lot across from the St. Louis Church in Fort Kent on Saturday, July 9.

Sophie Saunders uses her entrepreneurial skills Saturday, July 9, managing a summer snack stand in Fort Kent to raise funds for the cat rescue organization PAWS. (Photo courtesy of Jeannie Nadeau)

Sophie Saunders uses her entrepreneurial skills Saturday, July 9, managing a summer snack stand in Fort Kent to raise funds for the cat rescue organization PAWS. (Photo courtesy of Jeannie Nadeau)

“I just wanted to help out the community and everything,” Saunders said.

Saunders, who named her temporary business Sophie’s Summer Snack Stand, is a volunteer at the non-profit, no kill, cat rescue organization, where she socializes with the cats while they wait for adoption. “I just give them love,” she said.

Sophie’s Summer Snack Stand served up watermelon, trail mix, muffins, and oatmeal cookies which Saunders baked herself. She also thought of community canines, providing several bowls of water by her snack stand for thirsty dogs.

Saunders presented a $250 check to PAWS president Connie Michaud and vice president Leah Grant Parent on Monday, July 11 at PAWS’ Valley Cat Haven shelter, which is located on Alfalfa Street in Fort Kent’s industrial park.

PAWS treasurer Jean Cobb said Saunders’ donation could not have come at a better time. “This summer has been especially busy for us due to a higher than expected intakes of adult cats who had been left homeless (14 since May), some with extra medical needs such as dental surgery and one with diabetes. Also, we have taken in 23 kittens since March and kittens require more care and expense,” Cobb wrote in an email Friday morning, July 15. “ As a result, our veterinary expenses have been higher than usual which makes donations from individuals and groups like the one received from Sophie especially helpful now.”

Fort Kent Community High School student Sophie Saunders (center) donates $250 to the PAWS cat rescue organization on Monday, July 11, 2016. With her are PAWS board members Connie Michaud (left) and Leah Grant Parent. (SJVT / FhF - Jessica Potila)

Fort Kent Community High School student Sophie Saunders (center) donates $250 to the PAWS cat rescue organization on Monday, July 11, 2016. With her are PAWS board members Connie Michaud (left) and Leah Grant Parent. (SJVT / FhF – Jessica Potila)

In addition to donating $250, Saunders sold tickets at her snack stand for a raffle PAWS will be holding this fall for a new girl’s bicycle which a PAWS member donated. According to Cobb, PAWS will continue to sell raffle tickets for the bike throughout the summer, though the organization has yet to set a specific drawing date.

For information about volunteering for PAWS, or to adopt a homeless cat, visit the group’s Facebook page or call Jean Cobb at 207- 543-7348.

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