Courtney Brocato just turned 9.  A student at DeSoto Schools, she and several of her friends gathered at The Clay Cafe for her birthday party but the celebration of her birth was not like most.

Courtney Brocato just turned 9. A student at DeSoto Schools, she and several of her friends gathered at The Clay Cafe for her birthday party but the celebration of her birth was not like most. The 9-year-old asked her friends to bring gifts for the animals at the Humane Society of the Delta’s shelter instead of gifts for her.
“I was thinking I wanted to help,” she said as she and her friends stroked Red Riley, a very small puppy with a big heart who is looking for a home and who was in obvious puppy ecstasy from all the attention.
Susan Winston and Janelle Cobbs, members of the society, brought along Red Riley and Alex, another puppy in need of a home, to the party. While there, the two talked to the girls about responsible pet ownership and the importance of the work of the HSD.
Clay Cafe offered a party that little girls dream of and participants made pottery in the shop. This particular group painted plates that will be glazed later. Most of the girls’ projects featured the likeness of Red Riley and Alex– an obvious display of the girls’ touched hearts by the animals.
Blankets, puppy treats, dog food, collars, leashes, food and water bowls along with some squeaky toys replaced the usual birthday gifts of Barbie dolls and Bratz.
The HSD is constantly seeking staples for their temporary shelter, says Cobbs and Winston. Both were very touched by Brocato’s act of kindness.
Needed items include dog and puppy food, leashes and collars, bleach and detergents to clean kennels and monetary donations to help with the low cost spay and neuter clinic at Dr. Pittman’s office.
“And of course volunteers,” said Cobbs.
To donate any of these items call 816-5979 or drop the items at The Tobacco Super Store or The Daily World.