By Maleah Stringer
For The Herald Bulletin
Loose Funeral Home’s Willowcrest Park “Cremation Gardens” at 200 W. 53rd Street officially opened May 18.
There were three days of various events. One of the Saturday events was special to our hearts: the K-9 Officer Memorial Dedication that honored the dogs Kilo and Magnum who were killed in the line of duty in 2012.
If you will remember the loss of these two dogs and the Anderson Police Department’s (and police and sheriff departments all over the country), reactions to these deaths have helped change how people view animals in our community -— particularly working dogs.
There were ceremonies, it was on the news, there was a funeral procession and we watched as our law enforcement officers broke down in tears during the ceremonies over the loss of these dogs. Loose Funeral Home led the way with their element of class and their respect in which they treated the two K-9 officers, their fellow human officers and the community who mourned the loss as well.
Loose’s creation of The Gardens at Willowcrest Park, a stand-alone cremation garden for pets and humans, helps to exemplify the importance of the human/animal connection during life and after they have passed. It honors the lives of the pets we love, provides a beautiful setting for us to remember those we have lost and is a monument of how important our pets are in our lives.
This was a lovely event and the park is a beautiful place for our community to visit to honor those who have passed — whether human or animal.
Thank you to the Loose family for their vision and contributions to this community. ... They are a gift.
Our wonderful young volunteers, Abby and Ally Clear never cease to amaze us with all they and the Clear family do for the animals of the Animal Protection League. This time they organized the 1st Pendleton Dog Jog and raised over $1,400 to help care for our animals. We and our animals are so blessed to have you helping us. Thank you.
A huge thank you to the ladies of the Crashaw Club for allowing me to speak to their organization about the Animal Protection League. It was a lovely evening at Gaither’s store and cafe in Alexandria and all the donations are very much appreciated.
It is because of our dedicated volunteers, local organizations and local businesses that the Animal Protection League has been able to make all the positive changes we have to the City Animal Shelter and to make such a difference in how animals are viewed in our community as well as making their lives better.
Thank you to this community for stepping up and making a difference.
Remember: Please spay/neuter your pets. It saves lives and helps reduce the pet overpopulation problem. The shelters are full; please consider fostering/adopting a shelter pet. They are waiting...
Join us June 6th at The Edge for Pars for Paws.Golfers can register teams by calling The Edge Pro Shop at (765) 643-6336 or by sending a team check ($280) to APL Pars for Paws at 5839 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Anderson, IN 46013. Sponsors -— gold, silver or bronze — can choose the level that fits their budgets. Got a question? Call Gena at (765) 730-9225.
Maleah Stringer is executive director of the Animal Protection League, 613 Dewey St., Anderson. She can be reached at 356-0900 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.