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NONPROFIT WISH LIST: Llano Animal Rescue

Llano Animal Rescue founder Robin Chiesa with one of her dogs that is waiting to be adopted. Courtesy photo

When a organization is less than a year old, its needs are endless. But the Llano Animal Rescue does have a building, some kennels, and tarps, according to founder and director Robin Chiesa, and that means being able to fulfill its main function.

“We have been very lucky,” she said. “We’ve been able to place dogs almost immediately.”

Chiesa, a licensed animal control officer, began the organization, which works directly with the city of Llano, in May. It received a 501(c)(3) status at the end of July.

Top of the list of needs are volunteers to help clean kennels, take dogs for walks, or feed them. Those volunteers need to be at least 15 years old and accompanied by an adult if they are under 18. Other volunteers are needed on adoption days at the event site. Chiesa said the goal is to offer monthly on-site adoptions.

The building is in need of permanent electricity and plumbing, so Chiesa hopes people who have those skills will volunteer their time to help.

She also hopes a person with a background in websites and social media will volunteer to put events online.

Other needs include towels, cleaning supplies for the kennels, wet wipes, indestructible dog toys, heavy-duty insulated doghouses, cedar chips, oil-radiant heaters, and healthy weight or low-fat dry dog food.

Because the organization is so young, it has concentrated on dogs, but Chiesa said it is developing a strategy for cats.

Monetary donations always are welcome and are needed, too, because the flood left some kennels damaged. Send donations to 9378 Texas 71, Fredonia, TX 76842.

“We are totally one hundred percent (funded) by donations and volunteers,” Chiesa said.

She is assembling some fundraisers in the coming weeks. One is a Mardi Gras-Fat Tuesday gumbo luncheon.

On Facebook, search for @LendAPaw or go to to make an online donation. You can also call (325) 247-4963 for more information.

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