Princess in Plainville needs our help!

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Plainville Animal Control Officer Donna Weinhofer has established a new nonprofit organization – Plainville PAWS (Partners in the Animal Welfare Society), which is organizing a fundraiser to provide Princess, a rescued dog, with a vital surgery. 

Weinhofer is the director of the new 501(c)3 organization, which was created to assist Plainville Animal Control and the Plainville Pet Food Pantry. 

“It will help us with things we need here at the pound and help us to get medication and help for the animals,” Weinhofer said. 

People can follow Plainville PAWS for updates on opportunities to help local animals The organization can also be reached

The first fundraiser that Plainville PAWS is organizing is to provide Princess, a rescued Pit Bull mix, with a surgery to fix a dislocated hip. 

“I found her on Pequot Road,” Weinhofer said. “She was 30 pounds underweight and was scared to death of everybody. She has really come around since. She is young, between 1 to 3 years old, and no one has come forward saying that they are her owner.” 

Weinhofer said she is hoping to raise $4,000 and $6,000 for Princess’ hip surgery. 

“Dr. Pamela Shapiro at Ragged Mountain agreed to do the surgery, but the cost for her hip to be fixed is large,” Weinhofer said. 

Weinhofer said she is also trying to find a new home for Princess, whom she said spends a lot of time with her at her office. 

Those who wish to make a tax deductible donation to help pay for the surgery can mail checks to19 Neal Ct, Plainville, CT 06062and mark them “Plainville Animal Control.” 

After Jan. 1, Weinhofer said she will also be organizing a bottle and can drive. 

“We'll be taking drop-offs at the pound at 29 Granger Lane during open hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.,” Weinhofer said. “Bags of bottles and cans can be left outside at the pound if nobody is there.” 

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