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Local Teens Honored for Work With Animals

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The Lamar County Humane Association is a blessing to many homeless animals in our area. The facility houses dogs and works with our local Petco store to find families for cats. Stressing adoption, Petco of Paris has put smiles on the faces of many new proud pet owners. We at recognize the efforts of both of these organizations and their endeavors. It has been brought to our attention that countless individuals have opened their hearts and volunteered time in order to keep up the good works.

On Monday, October 15th, 2012 the IPT crew gathered at the Lamar County Humane Association to commend two amazing youngsters that have dedicated their time to improve the lives of the animals in the shelter.

Laura Clark (15) & Rusten Clark (12) started volunteering their time in the spring of 2012. Throughout the summer while friends were spending their vacation swimming, biking, and relaxing, Laura & Rusten were expressing their mutual love for animals and working at the shelter. As brother and sister, Laura & Rusten come together and do whatever they can for the growing animal population in Lamar County.  We had a chance to ask them a few questions…

In Paris Texas : What was your first pet and what was its name?
Laura: My first pet was a little chicken and her name was Rosie.
Rusten: My first pet was a turtle and his name was Spike.

In Paris Texas: What inspires your love for animals?
Laura: Being around them, takes a toll on me and I’ve grown to be inspired by them.
Rusten: I’ve noticed how many are in the world and it’s made me come closer to them to help them.

In Paris Texas: What is your favorite animal?
Laura: Mine would have to be a Dog
Rusten: a Turtle

In Paris Texas: If you could do anything to improve the quality of life for animals what would it be?
Laura: I would probably help more people spay and neuter their pets.
Rusten: I would like to make every shelter a “no kill shelter”

In Paris Texas: What would you like to do when you grow up?
Laura: I’d like to be a Veterinarian!
Rusten: I would like to sell reptiles.

In Paris Texas: What would you say is the worst part about volunteering at the shelter?
Laura: Coming in and seeing that we found homes for 6 or 7 and then coming back the next day and seeing that their pins are re-filled automatically.
Rusten: To see them get put down, getting attached and then the ones you like get put down.

In Paris Texas:  What would you like Paris, Texas to do to help?
Laura & Rusten: Have your pets spayed or neutered.

In Paris Texas: Thank you kids for everything you do!

After interviewing Laura and Rusten, David Claxton presented the two with an etched personalized night light award from Steve Gordon from “Have a Blast” as well as a certificate of appreciation from!

We are very proud of Laura & Rusten Clark. We should all take note of the selflessness that each of these wonderful children have displayed.

For information on how you can help, please contact the Lamar County Humane Association:

P.O Box 8
Paris, TX 75460
Phone: 903-784-6774


Photos by Robbie Gunn



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