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Photo Focus: Humane Society Hosts Easter Party

The entrance of the Humane Society was transformed into a festive space for attendees to enjoy. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)
The entrance of the Humane Society was transformed into a festive space for attendees to enjoy. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)

It was a delightful Saturday morning, as children and parents alike participated in the Humane Society of St. Thomas’ Easter party. The event, held at the Humane Society’s grounds, was complete with arts and crafts, face painting, a mini parade, an Easter egg hunt and more.

Howard Peters looks on as his son Zayden gets an Easter makeover at the face painting station by artist Brandi Bendtz. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)
Howard Peters looks on as his son Zayden gets an Easter makeover at the face painting station by artist Brandi Bendtz. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)
Leah Houston, parent, with daughter Ameila Casimir, alongside Kamarion and Kamarianna Casimir pose for a picture showing off their beautiful face paint. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)
Leah Houston, with daughter Amelia Casimir, alongside Kamarion and Kamarianna Casimir, pose for a picture showing off their beautiful face paint. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)

“Today’s turnout was amazing! We had over 50 kids join us for our Easter party, and we all had so much fun,” said Debbie Grace, one of the main organizers for the event.

Debbie Grace, event organizer at the Humane Society, mobilizing participants for the Easter parade. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)
Debbie Grace, event organizer at the Humane Society, mobilizing participants for the Easter parade. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)

For the event’s Easter egg hunt, volunteers transformed the “Paws to Play” dog park into an “egg-stravagant” hunting ground, boasting 1000 eggs hidden alongside five elusive golden eggs.

A basket of colorful eggs. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)
A basket of colorful eggs. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)

“This dog park is so special to me. It gives our shelter dogs the chance to run around and play off-leash in a safe, supervised area with plenty of green space,” shared Grace during an emotional moment. “It’s also a great opportunity for them to socialize with each other and with human friends. We’ve put a lot of love, time and energy into creating this space, and we’re so grateful for all the support that made it possible.”

Debbie Grace, organizer at the Humane Society and Peyton Jennings pose in front of the Paws to Play dog park. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)
Debbie Grace, organizer at the Humane Society and Peyton Jennings pose in front of the Paws to Play dog park. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)

“I had so much fun today, and even when it’s not an Easter egg party, I just love visiting the animal shelter. The dogs seem much happier because it’s not as crowded as it used to be,” shared Peyton Jennings, who attended the event. “I love spending time with them!”

The parade route was lined with Easter-themed decorations, creating an immersive experience for all. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)
The parade route was lined with Easter-themed decorations, creating an immersive experience for all. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)
An Easter party isn’t complete without a pair of fluffy ears. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)
An Easter party isn’t complete without a pair of fluffy ears. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)
The entrance to the Paws to Play dog park was transformed into a whimsical gateway to a world of hidden treasures. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)
The entrance to the Paws to Play dog park was transformed into a whimsical gateway to a world of hidden treasures. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)

“There were so many thoughtful touches and cool giveaways,” shared Tamra James, a parent who attended the event with her daughter and nephew. “Everyone had a blast and I appreciate the Humane Society for organizing such a fun-filled day for our kids!”

Cousins Kai and Skye James, after a successful treasure hunt, where they scored all the best goodies. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)
Cousins Kai and Skye James, after a successful treasure hunt, where they scored all the best goodies. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)

As the afternoon came to a close, children left with Easter baskets filled to the brim and smiles stretching from ear to ear.

A team of Easter egg hunters came, saw, and conquered! From left: Caroline Buckley, Ariana Overmeyer, Greer Scholes, Naomi Lally, Abby Buckley and seated Saylor and Marley Fetterhoff. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)
A team of Easter egg hunters came, saw, and conquered! From left: Caroline Buckley, Ariana Overmeyer, Greer Scholes, Naomi Lally, Abby Buckley and seated Saylor and Marley Fetterhoff. (Source photo by Nyomi Gumbs)

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to all the volunteers who generously gave their time and effort to make today’s event a memorable one,” noted Grace. “I also want to extend a special thank you to Michelle Robbins, our executive director, whose support and leadership have been instrumental in implementing creative and progressive ideas that have positively impacted the work culture of the Humane Society. Her dedication to our cause is truly invaluable.”

The Humane Society is always seeking dedicated volunteers to join its amazing team. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Karen Woodbury at volunteer@hsstt.com.

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