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December 24

Christmas Eve Sleepover Fundraiser

Harvest Hills Animal Shelter

The Christmas Eve Shelter Sleepover is a fundraiser dedicated to not only giving our shelter dogs a night where they can feel a little Christmas Eve normalcy, but it is a fundraiser that is earmarked for special projects, programs and other things that will make shelter life a little easier on the dogs and cats who are forced to call HHAS home. Each year, we try to find a local celebrity to spend the night with the animals. The sleepover exists simply to make the animals happier and more comfortable. Some previous projects funded by this fundraiser have included a ‘living room’-where potential adopters, volunteers, anyone can spend time with the dogs in an environment closely related to a home; and air conditioning for the dog kennels. 


This year, local veterinarian Dr. Steve Caffrey, AKA Uncle Steve, will be spending the night at the shelter! If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Steve, here is a little more about him: Dr. Caffrey graduated from the University of Illinois in 1985, moved to Fryeburg and opened the Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital in 1987.  His mission was to create a warm and caring hospital with a high standard of care and personal service.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, especially in the outdoors.  He has 3 kids and quite the array of animals! Steve has been a part of the shelter since day one for over 30 years now, both as a veterinarian and volunteer. 



The funds for this year’s sleepover are going to the extraordinary veterinary expenses we have incurred with our dog, Thor. Veterinary expenses are not something we usually fundraise specifically for, but this is an exceptional circumstance.


Thor was a 5 y/o German Shepherd mix that came to the shelter originally 3 years ago, was adopted out and then returned due to no fault of his own. This large boy was quite the character who loves to play ball and had won over a lot of the staff. One morning, Thor had to be rushed up to the vet for emergency surgery because he bloated, something common in big dogs. Bloat is a condition where the stomach twists and then fills with gas.  Thor had to have 2 surgeries in 2 days, the second one taking half of his stomach which was dead tissue. He had four days of 24-hour intensive care, but his stomach ruptured again, and it was unlikely he would survive the 3rdsurgery. With very heavy hearts we decided to let him cross the rainbow bridge and be pain free, forever running with his Jolly Ball.


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