Humane Society of Louisiana Designates August 18th as Lemon-Aid Day for Animals!

Youngsters Statewide Encouraged to Raise Funds for

Neglected, Abandoned and Homeless Animals

NEW ORLEANS -- Seven-year-old Jence Simms, who will soon be a

second grader at Lancaster Elementary School in Madisonville, set up a

little lemonade stand outside her home last Saturday. She sold cups of

lemonade and cookies for 50 cents like young entrepreneurs have done

for years. Jence, however, donated her sales to a great cause -

helping animals. Now, generous Jence's efforts have inspired a new

humane society program dedicated to aiding animals in need during the

long, hot summer.

Helping animals has always been a passion for Jence. A year ago, she

wanted to make a difference in her community, so she set up a

neighborhood lemonade stand and sold $20.00 worth of lemonade. The

proceeds were donated to the Humane Society of St. Tammany. This year,

she wanted her efforts to benefit neglected horses, so she contacted

the Humane Society of Louisiana. The charity currently cares for 10

rescued horses and responds to scores of complaints involving hundreds

of horses each year. Jence asked if the group if they would accept the

donations from her lemonade stand, and the group readily agreed.

Last Saturday, Jence raised $120.00, surpassing last year's effort by

$100. She passed out humane educational literature to each customer,

informing them that the funds would help horses in need. Photos of

Jence's lemonade stand are attached.

"We were so inspired by Jence's dedication that we decided to create a

statewide program based on her initiative," says Jeff Dorson, HSL

Executive Director. "We're asking other kids (and grown-up)s to show

they care about animals like Jence does; running a lemonade stand to

raise funds for animals in need is a perfect way to help this summer,"

adds Dorson. To honor Jence's efforts, the Humane Society plans to

present her with a commemorative plaque and bestow upon her the title

of 'Lemon-Aid Ambassador for Animals 2012'. New Ambassadors will be

named each year.

The Humane Society of Louisiana has designated Saturday, August 18th,

as the first statewide Lemon-Aid Day for Animals. The humane

organization is seeking youngsters and adults to operate a lemonade

stand anytime on that day - anywhere in Louisiana - to raise funds for

the charity Donations will be divided between the group's 13 volunteer

chapters now operating around the state. Individuals are encouraged to

pre-register online with the Humane Society by visiting their website

at www.humanela.org or by calling 1-888-6-HUMANE.

Established in 1988, the Humane Society of Louisiana is one of the

state's largest animal advocacy organizations. The group operates a

statewide animal abuse hotline and houses more than 200 animals at its

no-kill sanctuary.

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