Rhonda Kidd, Operations Manager at the League of Animal Welfare accepts a $1,800 check from Bonnie McNett, of Whistle Stop Clay Works. The studio raised money for the animal shelter by selling 143 penguin ornaments this holiday season.

Loveland, Ohio – Every holiday season, Whistle Stop Clay Works in Loveland chooses a non-profit to be the recipient of their holiday ornament sales. This year the studio chose the League of Animal Welfare, a non-profit that finds homeless pets their forever home and provides low-cost veterinary services.  “The economic impact of the pandemic is still being felt. We wanted to help some of the most vulnerable members of our community: dogs and cats who have been surrendered by people who can no longer care for them,” said Bonnie McNett, Clay Works owner.

It is a Whistle Stop Clay Works tradition to give away unglazed holiday ornaments at the Christmas in Loveland event held in December each year. This year they made 500 penguin ornaments that were distributed free of charge to local residents. The studio also sold hand-painted penguin ornaments for $12 each with 100% of the purchase price benefiting the League.

“The response from the surrounding community was outstanding. The studio sold 143 ornaments and we rounded up the total to make our donation $1,800,” said McNett.

The League of Animal Welfare has been helping homeless pets for over 70 years. More information can be found at:  https://www.lfaw.org/.

Whistle Stop Clay Works is located at 119 Harrison Avenue in historic downtown Loveland, Ohio.  They have an art gallery and offer classes for adults and children, workshops, and private parties. More information can be found at: www.whistlestopclayworks.com.

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