9-year-old donates lemonade money to shelter

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 15, 2015 in Rat News | Subscribe

CORNELIUS – Reagan Henderlite spent several days over the summer selling lemonade to thirsty golfers to benefit animals in need.

The 9-year-old recently donated $101 dollars to the Cornelius Animal Shelter.

“I wanted to do this because the animals in the animal shelter are not healthy, and I want to make a difference,” she said. “I want to get them happy and healthy so they can find a home.”

The Davidson Day fourth-grader, daughter of Bob and Erin Henderlite, put the lemonade stand in the front yard of her Peninsula home and sold drinks for 50 cents a cup.

“Most people who knew I was donating it, gave me a lot of extra money,” Reagan said.

This is the most money she’s raised in three summers, previously donating $40 and $67.

Reagan knew from the beginning she wanted to give away her earnings instead of keeping them. 

The best part, she says, was getting to see the golfers and her neighbors and knowing they are happy to be making a difference.

“It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, you can make a difference,” she said. “Just go outside with a pitcher of lemonade, a couple of signs and there you have it.

“I want to thank the golfers for donating extra money from the lemonade stand.”

Reagan really likes animals, from playing with her golden retriever, Sandy, visiting the animal shelter to volunteering to care for horses at Hinds Feet Farm. So she knew where she wanted the funds to go. 

The recipients are the furry friends who stay at the shelter until they are adopted.

The shelter currently has 30 animals, though it can hold up to 60. It’s mostly cats and dogs, but it has also had pet rats, ferrets, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Trey Nodine, animal control officer for the Cornelius Animal Shelter, said last year was a record year since the shelter was finalized in September 2009. It had an intake of 199 animals. Of those, 118 were adopted and 59 were returned to their owner.

The shelter has also had a decent year this year, including having nine adoptions the week of Oct. 5, which is a lot for smaller shelters.

Staff, under the direction of the town and police department, are also working with various organizations and groups to improve the feral cat population.

The shelter is also putting itself more in the community with a Facebook page to help people find lost pets and advertise the animals up for adoption.

Only Cornelius residents can relinquish pets to the Cornelius Animal Shelter for a $25 fee, though residents from the Lake Norman region can adopt from the shelter.

The organization relies on town funding and donations.

Items needed for the shelter include money, cat litter and Lysol wipes, though anything animal related can be put to good use.

The Cornelius Animal Shelter, 19110 Meridian St., is open to the public Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

Following applicant approval, cats cost $85 and dogs are $95. Animals have up-to-date shots, are spayed or neutered and get microchipped.

Volunteers are currently not needed, but people are welcome to contact the animal shelter if they would like to help in the future.

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