Donation In Honor of Penny and Copper Wilhite

Donation In Honor of Penny and Copper Wilhite

Sharing a message from a recent donor to the foundation:
 
“Thank you for the nice email, and it was absolutely my pleasure to make a donation…  
 
A quick story about Penny and Copper and how they each came into my life:  I had been thinking about getting a pet for a while and decided on a rat after reading how intelligent they are and what great pets they can make.
 
I purchased Penny in November of 2010 at a pet store and picked her out among about 10 other rats.  There was just something about her that stood out as having a great personality.
 
I got Copper from a local rat breeder not long afterward.  They immediately took to each other, and I learned very quickly that rats are far more intelligent, clean and loving than most people probably realize.  However, they do not have long life spans, so that was something I knew I needed to prepare for, as I am an animal lover and knew I could easily become very attached to them.
 
I lost Copper in October of 2012 after she had a stroke.  Penny died in January of 2013.  She was recovering from a surgery to remove some tumors and she took a fall.  I rushed her to the Atlantic Street emergency clinic, and although the staff there was unable to save her, they were absolutely wonderful, and I appreciate that they did everything they could to save her and then keep her comfortable when that appeared hopeless.  Shortly afterward, I received a card in the mail from them saying they had made a donation to the Chester Foundation in her memory.  That’s how I first heard of your foundation.
 
From what I’ve read, I think what you’re doing is really wonderful, and as someone who cares deeply about animals, I wanted to do something to offer my support.
 
Thank you again!”