Pink Paw prints for a dollar, what a great idea for a way to raise money for breast cancer.
Shawnee Animal Clinic, owned by Gail Counts and Tim Wells, along with their staff, collected money for Dr. Vincent Scarpinato’s breast cancer Compassion Fund that he started about eight or nine years ago. Dr. Scarpinato says that this fund helps cover the things that medicare and or Medicaid, or insurance will not cover, like wigs, camisoles, and transportation.
Wells and Counts and their staff, really work hard to collect money, by selling Paw prints for $1.00. This is also where the person who is buying a pink paw print, can have their pet’s name added to it. Whatever the staff collects on this project, Wells and Counts match that money and it all goes to Scarpinato’s Compassion Fund.
Scarpinato said that what was so good about this Compassion Fund he created, is that 100% of this money goes directly to the women of our community, “because it really does cover things that sort of fall through the cracks and we can say, hey we’ve got this money that can help with this or that, that insurance etc., won’t cover. Also, all of the money from this fund, comes from local fundraisers.” He said that he appreciates all the money he gets from people, because it comes from the heart.
Scarpinato mentioned that his nurse and his nurse’s wife did fundraisers with motorcycle rides and that they were hoping to raise $10,000, but they raised $15,000 and he again said he had nothing to do with it, they did it on their own and he took the check.
Wells said the funny thing is that his staff at Shawnee Animal Clinic is, that they started texting him the day before and said could they go ahead and start. “They aren’t told to do it, they asked to do it.” Wells also he thought they had been doing this about five years now. Both he and Counts feel it is important to give back to the community. “Its one of the core values of the practice, to give back to the community,” and they wanted to do something in October and that is where the staff came up with the pink paw print.
Counts, Wells, and the staff at Shawnee Animal Clinic once again collected the money from the paw prints and donations and it was matched by Counts and Wells, and they presented the check to Dr. Scarpinato Friday.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins (740) 353-3101 ext. 1928