Wortham girl dedicates 11th birthday to shelter pups, cats

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Wortham’s Hope Pirkle converted her March 11 birthday celebration into a fundraiser – Hope’s Barkin’ Birthday Bash – to benefit the dogs and cats at LARAS House, Limestone County’s no-kill animal shelter.

Hope asked anyone who might have planned to give her a birthday present to instead donate $11 or 11 pounds of pet food to LARAS House to feed the dozens of animals the facility houses.


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Volunteer Josh Lockhart, 12, of Groesbeck, center, helps LARAS House board member Getchen Niedecken, left, serve barbecue rib plates to Dr. Anna Kantor at Saturday’s fundraiser for the animal shelter. Wortham’s Hope Pirkle celebrated her 11th birthday on March 11 by holding a fundraiser – Hope’s Barkin’ Birthday Bash – asking friends to donate money and pet food for LARAS House in lieu of birthday gifts.

Groesbeck’s Billie Lenamond speaks soothingly to Priscilla, a Chihuahua she has just adopted from LARAS House animal shelter on Saturday, March 11. A Wortham girl, Hope Pirkle, held a fundraiser at the facility that day, which was her 11th birthday, and the shelter offered $11 adoptions.

Photos by Roxanne Thompson/The Groesbeck Journal

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