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SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. - Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Human Society, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, will host a Memorial Tree Lighting Nov. 18 at 4 p.m.

The ceremonial tree lighting, which recognizes contributors and volunteers and honors departed pets and loved ones, serves as a fundraiser for the shelter. The tree will be located in the gazebo on the property.

For more than 9 years at the Griffin Pond Shelter the ceremony has taken place.

It's important because it honors pets and people, either that have passed or that are still with us, said Warren Reed, Executive Director of Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

White lights are displayed for remembrance of a pet or person who has died. Colored lights are displayed in honor of pets and people alive today who brighten the lives of others.

Light refreshments will be served, including coffee, hot chocolate and goodies. Books will also be on display at the ceremony, so that the names of those being honored or remembered can be seen.

Most of the people who attend are volunteers or adoptive owners and people who have appreciation for animals. The event is open to the public. To add names to the Memorial Book or the Honor book, the cost is $5. Books will be on display for the holiday season.

I have a lot of white lights on the tree for dogs that I remember. They were excellent dogs, said Reed, I had a dog for 17 ½ years, it was a, shih tzu that died about a year ago. It didn't have a mean bone in its body. I have lights for him.

The Griffin Pond Animal shelter was established as the Humane Society of Lackawanna County in 1938 to provide shelter for homeless, unwanted and abused animals. It continues to do so today. Anyone who completes an application can adopt an animal from the shelter between the hours of 12 and 4:30 p.m., daily. To contact the animal shelter visit: http://www.griffinpondanimalshelter.com/ or email: humanelackawanna@frontiernet.net. For more information on the Tree Lighting, contact Beverly Bright at 585.0516.

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