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Savers Bank donates $500 to Save a Dog.

Savers Bank recently donated $500 to Save a Dog as part of a Facebook contest prize, which awarded $50 to the winner and $500 to the charity of their choice.

Savers Bank held an "Ugly Sweater Facebook Contest'' from Nov. 25 through Dec. 20, in which fans were invited to comment on a post, share a post, or upload a picture of themselves, a family member, or a friend wearing an "ugly Christmas sweater.'' Savers Bank customer and Facebook fan Christina Toman of South Grafton was selected as the winner, and she chose Save a Dog for the charitable donation.

Save a Dog, founded in 1999 by husband-and-wife team Shirley Moore and David Bernier, is a humane society in Sudbury. The organization's primary focus is rescuing and finding homes for abandoned dogs. After volunteering at local shelters and seeing the detrimental effect that kennel life had on some dogs, the founders began fostering and building a foster network for the dogs they took in from local and remote dog pounds. Save A Dog has now grown to more than 100 volunteers who help on an as-needed basis and approximately 25-30 volunteers who help on a weekly basis.

When asked why she chose Save a Dog, Toman explained that both her friend and her own much beloved dog, Feather, each served as inspiration. "We are so blessed to have her in our life. I've always wanted to do more for places like the shelter where we got Feather. My friend Jennifer King works for Save a Dog,'' Toman said. "She fosters, works at the shelter, brings the dogs to Petco on Saturdays to get them seen by potential families, and helps organize fundraisers. She does all this while working full time and caring for her family. So I chose Save a Dog because of the great work Jennifer does -- and I wanted to help, too.''

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Date:Feb 7, 2014
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