A smashing success

12 months ago

July 6 will definitely go down as one of the most fun and successful fundraisers that we have had the pleasure of having for the Central Aroostook Humane Society. Kris Rotonda with his Jordan’s Way Team traveled from Florida, all the way up to Aroostook County to hold a live 3-hour Facebook fundraiser.

They set a hefty goal to raise and even though the donations are still coming in, we are up over $13,000.00. All proceeds will be designated for our new building project.

Kris has been doing a 50-state tour and soon to be branching out to Canada, raising much needed funds and awareness for all the shelter animals out there that need a loving and safe home. Over the past four years, they have raised over $5 million. 

Kris arrived early at the Central Aroostook Humane Society and created a wild and exciting three hours that had people from all over the country donating on Facebook, calling in with credit cards and many people stopped by to drop off cash and checks. Many came just to witness all the excitement. With the help of the shelter employees, board members and volunteers, Kris had challenges that included “pies in the face”, ice bucket challenges, Tortilla Slaps, egg roulette, puppy kiss facials and bail out games that had more than a few locked in the dog pens until a certain amount was raised. We even had some young local queens show up to get in on the fun! 

We were all amazed at the generosity of family, friends, coworkers and just the general public who showed support, love and such kindness in their hearts for animals.

Kris says that he loves bringing exposure to all shelter animals and hopes to shine a bright light on all the shelter employees, board members and volunteers that work so hard. Well on Thursday, July 6, Jordan’s Way certainly made that light shine bright at the Central Aroostook Humane Society.

One very important rule to remember in the blistering heat we are experiencing … keep your pets safe from hot pavements. If you can’t place your skin comfortably on the pavement, neither can your dog. If the air temp is 70 degrees, the asphalt temp is 125. Keep your pets inside where it’s cool and safe, or provide shade and fresh water if being outside is necessary. Enjoy a beautiful summer!

Stop by the Central Aroostook Humane Society or check out our Facebook page. Please be responsible, spay and neuter your pets.

Gloria J. Towle is the secretary and a member of the Central Aroostook Humane Society board of directors.