I just got off the phone, and I've GOT to share this. Our little town has a "cat home", which consists of a condemned house with few furnishings or amenities (electricity and cold running water). The town is broke, and the humane society barely scrapes by; the latter is really dependent on money/food/litter donations. Last Thursday, catastrophe struck, in the form of a burst water pipe. The chairwoman of the humane society called a local plumbing company, and the owner came out to assess the damage. When he saw the condition of the house, he said he would talk to his employees and see what could be done, because all the pipes were in horrible condition. Now get this: the company is donating its time, and bearing the material costs, to replace all the plumbing in the house. Not only that, but it has also promised to put in a (used) hot water heater, free of charge. They got to work Friday afternoon! The owner, Paul, isn't exactly a cat lover, but was apparently very impressed with the kitties' supervision of his assessment and their craving for attention. The local newspaper has already promised to run an article with pictures, so not only will the company get great publicity, but some of the readers might be encouraged to make donations or get involved. Wow! This is really a dream come true!
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2/16/04 at 1:16pm