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Girl, 11, Raises Money For Connecticut Humane Society

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    Rachel Richard, from South Windsor, held a dog show to raise money for the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 18, 2017)

    The Connecticut Humane Society in Newington is gearing up for Clear The Shelters on Saturday, however, on Friday one little girl thought the organization could use just a special surprise.

    Rachel Richard dropped off a bucket of cash she raised to help the animals at the Connecticut Humane Society.

    “We collected $120 dollars and 25 cents,” said Rachel.

    She didn’t just collect the money, Rachel and her cousin put on a show.

    “I'm like what if we do a dog show? And the idea just stuck in my head -- until I actually did it,” said Rachel.

    In fact, this year was her fourth annual dog show in South Windsor, so her neighbors were quick to join in with eight dogs.

    “The first event is always tricks, then there is reverse limbo, and there is an obstacle course and there is musical skit,” Rachel said.

    “They had little cut out awards for first and second place,” Mark Richard, Rachel's father, said.

    Mark always competes with one of the family’s two dogs.

    “Every year it has just grown, so I am really proud of her,” Mark said.

    “I hope it goes to helping the animals and making them feel more at home. Then when they find their forever home they will be happy,” Rachel said.

    The Connecticut Humane Society in Newington will be open for Clear The Shelters on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and all animals will have an adoption fee of $50.

    More than 53,000 pets were adopted through the 2016 Clear the Shelters campaign, a nationwide push to place deserving animals in forever homes. Join the conversation on social media using #ClearTheShelters.