WHEATFIELD, NY - All boys and girls love animals, but it takes a Great Kid to make the kind of sacrifice that Maris Conrad did to help animals. A couple months ago, Maris, a 2nd grader at Elmwood Franklin School, had an idea for when she turned 8.
Maris' mom, Maria says, "She decided that she wanted to have all her friends come to a birthday party, but instead of bringing gifts for her she wanted them to bring food and toys for pets at the local animal shelter"
And the Conrads live in Wheatfield, so the Niagara County SPCA is their local shelter. Her party was at a popular place called Adventure Landing. There were other birthday parties going on too, Maris' party sort of looked like a regular birthday party, with one exception: a table full of dog food.
About 40 pet-related items were collected from her generous friends and family. The next day, off to the Niagara County SPCA she went.
"They were really happy when I brought that stuff in. The look on their face, it was just shocking," says Maris.
And the timing could not have been better.
"Perfect timing," says Andrew Bell, Executive Director of the Niagara County SPCA. "We have a lot of little mouths to feed at the moment and it'll go a long way to helping that."
The Niagara County SPCA is caring for 64 Pomeranians seized from a home in Lockport. A storage area is now an improvised kennel while the little guys are evaluated and treated. And fed of course, perhaps with food Maris has provided.