Most children look forward to getting gifts for their birthday -- but Adriana Mertz instead wanted her friends and family to celebrate her 9th birthday by helping the Maclean Animal Adoption Center in Great Falls.
The facility opened just several days ago; the photo of Adriana and her donated items was shared on the organization's Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon.
The post read:
Adriana celebrated her 9th Birthday. But, instead of birthday gifts she asked her friends and family to donate money and items to the Maclean Animal Adoption Center. Today she brought the Center a check for $277.93, over 300 oz of peanut butter, 2 chew ropes, 5 kongs, 2 packs of balls, 7 leashers, and 3 collars! You are a star Adriana and the animals here appreciate the love you have shown them!
And Adriana isn't the only youngster trying to help animals in the community.
Earlier this month, 7-year old Jovie Street set up a lemonade stand at the corner of Fox Farm and Park Garden Road.
Jovie and her friends gave away free lemonade while asking people to donate money to the Maclean Animal Adoption Center.
(August 15, 2015) The new Maclean Animal Adoption Center in Great Falls opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday.
Visitors were able to get their first look at the center before any animals are brought in.
People will be able to adopt cats and dogs, as well as get training at the facility.
The center's main focus is the education they will be providing to the community about animals.
Maclean Animal Adoption Center Board of Trustees member Bob James said the group has been working for 13 years to make this center a reality.
"It's an incredible feeling and what's fun is to talk to people who are coming here and seeing this. This type of building is what you are seeing across the United States for shelters or centers that have been developed in the last 10 years. It's just new to Great Falls and North Central Montana,” James said.
The Maclean Animal Adoption Center will take in their first animals on August 22.
People will be able to adopt pets on August 28.
The adoption center says the response from the community has been positive so far.
Pam Volk, the director of the new facility, said, "The public can't say enough of how wonderful it is and how excited they are for Great Falls and north-central Montana to have such a great place for animals to come and be taken care of, and then have a new home found for them and then children and adults alike to learn about animal welfare, and be able to improve the lives of animals for generations to come."
The facility is named in honor of Margaret J. Maclean, whose estate gave $400,000 in matching funds to the Animal Foundation, which owns the facility. The match was successfully met in the fall of 2005. Maclean was raised on a family farm and ranch west of Conrad; she died in 1997 at the age of 83.
For more information, visit the organization's website.
The new facility is not affiliated with the City of Great Falls Animal Shelter, which is located just several hundred yards away.