Funds raised to help AIDS patients' pets, buy vests for K-9s
By Loren Watson
News Staff Writer

SUDBURY - Dog lovers have launched a fund-raising drive to buy bullet-proof vests for police dogs
in Massachusetts.

Kathy Hinds and her 11-year-old daughter, Lisa, helped start the local campaign. The East Walpole
pair have teamed up to support Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog, an organization which seeks to provide
police dogs with bullet- and stab-proof vests.

In honor of this month’s National Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month, Methuen-based MSPCA Small
Animal Shelter at Nevins Farm and the Acton location of “Especially for Pets” are collaborating to
offer a full day of fun and cat adoption opportunities on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at Especially for Pets in Acton.

The day of festivities will feature cats and kittens of all ages available for adoption, as well as a
myriad of interesting cat facts and important information on proper feline care. The store will
showcase a storyboard, highlighting special cats that have been adopted and their unique stories,
particularly from the Acton area.

Saturday, June 16th may have been a hot day at Especially for Pets in Acton, MA, but that did not deter people from coming and adopting in record numbers. Between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00p.m., 14 cats and kittens found new, loving homes. This is the most number of cats adopted from the store during a single adoption day.

A particularly touching adoption was done with William of Acton. He came in looking to adopt three brown tiger kittens. William told the adoption counselor he wanted to adopt these kittens in memory of his wife of 36 years, Kathleen, who passed away in December of last year from complications due to diabetes.

By Carole LaMond
Staff Writer

In a matter of seconds Corbo immobilized a suspect who was attempting to flea from a policeofficer. A few minutes later he searched the area and, again within seconds, he discovered a packet of heroin hidden in a box.

Corbo’s satisfaction was obvious to everyone who observed his law-enforcement duties at Especially for Pets in Sudbury this past Saturday. His tail was wagging.

Corbo is a police dog in the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department. A Belgian Malinois, the up-and-coming breed for use in customs and border patrol, Corbo is dual certified in suspect apprehension and narcotics detection.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Middlesex Sheriff’s Office
James V. DiPaola

September 10, 2001

Especially for Pets
Attn: Erny
81 Union Ave.
Sudbury, MA 01776

Dear Erny:

On behalf of the entire Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, I am writing to express my sincere thanks for your donations that are providing bullet-/stab-protective vests for our police dogs.

Our K-9 unit plays a crucial role in our efforts to make Middlesex County a safer place to live for it’s 1.9 million residents. Whether it’s searching for narcotics or apprehending suspects, our dogs often work in difficult, dangerous situations. Your donation makes their jobs a safer one.