Shelter Slumber Pawty

Precious Paws Animal Rescue volunteers who took part in the “Shelter Slumber Pawty” over the weekend are, from left in the front row, Olivia O’Brien, Kristin O’Brien, Elle O’Brien, Addison Smith, Megan Ghering; middle row, Jamie Smith, Julie Amsden, Cori Filipkowski, Jade Owens, Theresa Weldon, Rick Cardy; back row, Todd Shotts, Megan Hines, Abby Seely, Stacy Saylor, Lyndsay Fitzgerald, Maddie Amsden. Not pictured are Missy Seely and Kathleen Raecke. (Submitted photo)
From staff reports

Nineteen Precious Paws Animal Rescue volunteers were asleep at the job over the weekend, but it was for a good cause.

They spent from noon Saturday to noon Sunday at the Franklin shelter — including sleeping overnight with its rescue dogs and cats — which helped to locally raise more than $12,000 for those animals during the annual nationwide event known as the “Shelter Slumber Pawty,” according to Precious Paws President Theresa Weldon.

This year marked the first time that Precious Paws participated in the event, which drew 60 shelters this year and as of Sunday morning brought in more than $800,000, Weldon said.

The volunteers talked about shelter enrichment activities, and “we did all the traditional slumber party things” as well, including snacks and treats, and playing games like Twister with the cats and spin the bottle with the dogs,” she said. “We did makeovers and nails for the dogs and cats, too.”