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Animal lover, animal saver

February 19. 2013 8:34PM
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If you love animals then go out and save them. That seems to be the idea for Wyoming Seminary student, Riley Calpin, 12, who is one animal saver. She has been providing the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, Clarks Summit, with food from her annual food drive for six years.

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter in South Abington Township provides a home and care for animals until they are adopted. The local shelter hosts more cats than dogs, according to Calpin, and all animals need food and a loving home.

This was the 6th year that Calpin organized a food drive for the shelter. She collects food for the animals at her birthday celebration each year.

Calpin, a Waverly resident, became interested in helping animals from the shelter after seeing the conditions of animals and finding out that money can be tight when the shelter has a lot of animals for which to care. Calpin has adopted two dogs that were rescues, one of those dogs from the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

I enjoy helping the animals because when they're happy, I'm happy, said Calpin.

Calpin usually hosts the food drive on her birthday, but one year she organized a food drive for the animals around Thanksgiving in the main lobby of her school. She was surprised and pleased at all of the people who were eager to help. Calpin's friends are also reliable donors and helpers in her annual food drive.

Calpin currently has a dog that she loves, Barbie, who is a Dalmatian-Border Collie mix. Her favorite animal is a dog and her favorite dog is a beagle. A rescued beagle was one of her past pets.

When Calpin isn't saving animals, she enjoys drawing, running cross country, acting, basketball, and softball. She also helped start the environmental club at her school and she actively participates in dancing. She takes pointe, jazz and ballet.

When I'm old enough I'd like a part-time job at the shelter. I like helping the animals, said Calpin.

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