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BY: Community Papers of WNY Staff | November 04, 2012

In September a devastating fire swept through the Lakeview Animal Sanctuary in Pendleton killing half of the over 100 animals that found shelter there. The sanctuary was home to animals rescued from dangerous circumstances including puppies, kittens, rabbits, horses, goats and pigs.

Two Orleans Career and Technical Education Center students, Cassidy Rohde and Victoria Szott, wanted to do something to raise money to help rebuild the shelter.

Victoria had been a volunteer at Lakeview.

“I knew I wanted to do a fundraiser to help them out,” she said. “We decided to do a pizza sale at our center, so I did the advertising, ordered the pizzas and arranged the sale. We made $100.”

Cassidy approached school counselor Kara Kirk about having a coin contest, something they had done in the past for other local organizations.

“I volunteered at the sanctuary for six years and actually adopted a rabbit from there,” said Cassidy. “I have become very close to the Director Sandy Pfohl and when I heard about the fire I was just devastated. I just lost it when I heard about how many animals died and how they didn’t have a place to house the surviving ones. I know they were trying to raise about $60,000 for a new barn. We raised about $550 from our coin drive from the students and staff here.”

Both students said they were pleased about what they were able to achieve for Lakeview and will be volunteering to help rebuild.

“When I gave the check to Sandy she was so happy,” said Cassidy. “She said it was enough to build a horse stall. The poor things are in trailers now so knowing in a couple of months we will be able to provide one of them with a stall makes us feel great.”

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