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Students Help out Furry Friends at Madison Greene Humane Society

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A big donation from a group of elementary school students is helping a central Virginia animal shelter pay some of its bills for the rest of the year.

The Ruckersville Elementary School student council chose the Madison Greene County Humane Society for its annual fundraiser.

Saturday, the students involved met the kittens and adult cats they are helping to save.

Rebecca Baker works hard to keep the Madison Greene Humane Society's 62 cats fed and cared for.

Recently, a shortage of space and funding has created problems.

Director Rebecca Baker said, “The cages are way too small, so we do need larger cages. We did get the two play cages so that helps we can actually put some litters together to play."

To fit larger cages, the shelter needs to expand.

“We'd like to make this whole back wall more of a community space for them so that they people can truly interact with them and not have to worry about them running off and that kind of thing,” said Baker.

A group of Ruckersville Elementary students saw this need and took action.

“It was a unanimous decision amongst all the students they voted to give money to the animals,” said MaryAnn Varner, from the student council association.

Students raised $2,000 by collecting pocket change. It didn't take long to raise the funds

“It was their idea, they decided to gather pennies and they did this in about a two-week period,”” said Baker.

The kids are proud of their donation.

Student, Emma Dean said, “I think it feels great to know that I can make a difference here even though I'm at my age. So I like having the feeling of helping people."

The school council's donation is one of the largest the shelter has received this year.

It will be used to improve this space as well as care for the cats' long term needs.

“The amount of money that they raised will actually support, medically support, these animals and the next group that comes through for many many months,” said Baker.

The shelter's staff says the summer is when it gets the most kittens, so the money donated Saturday couldn't have come at a better time.

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