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CLASS Raises $6,000 for Cats and Dogs on Betty White’s Birthday

Kelly Mayfield, who runs Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society (CLASS), feeds a male Juliana mini-pig (name contest coming soon!) destined to become an "educational pet" at the shelter. CLASS also houses two rats, a ball python, a veiled chameleon, a bearded dragon and a pac-man frog for educational-and-enrichment purposes. The shelter is open to the public from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Actress and animal rights activist Betty White died two weeks short of her 100th birthday on Jan. 17 but approximately 50 Canyon Lake-area residents still gave her presents in the form of $6,000 in donations to the 50 cats and 35 dogs and puppies at the Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society (CLASS).

CLASS is a nonprofit animal shelter located at 2170 Old Sattler Rd., Canyon Lake, that takes in homeless pets from around the area but is not funded by tax dollars.

“It was just ding, ding, ding, ding all day long on our Paypal account,” said Kelly Mayfield, who assumed responsibility for shelter operations in July. “Our community has some amazing, amazing supporters that love the shelter, and they love animals even if they never adopt or volunteer. They help monetary-wise or they bring in donations of food and blankets.”

She said funds raised on Monday will help buy flea-and-tick control and heartworm medications for the animals and will help pay vet bills.

Meanwhile, the shelter has extended its $17 “Betty White special” for fully vetted dogs.

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