Jennifer Shires, Solei Day Spa owner, left, and her staff deliver 15 dog beds to the Auburn Valley Humane Society last Friday. “We appreciate this,” said Phil Morgan, AVHS executive director, right. MARK KLAAS, Auburn Reporter

Jennifer Shires, Solei Day Spa owner, left, and her staff deliver 15 dog beds to the Auburn Valley Humane Society last Friday. “We appreciate this,” said Phil Morgan, AVHS executive director, right. MARK KLAAS, Auburn Reporter

Solei Day Spa, partner bring comfort to animal shelter

Fundraiser supports 15 new dog beds to the AVHS

Solei Day Spa, celebrating 10 years of doing business in Lakeland Hills, continues to serve others beyond its own door.

Like bringing comfort to a few furry friends with wagging tails and wet noses.

Solei staff visited the nearby Auburn Valley Humane Society shelter last Friday to donate 15 dog beds, the result of a company fundraiser.

“We really wanted to give back to the community, and what better way than to support the animal shelter here,” said Jennifer Shires, the spa’s owner. “We’re all pet lovers.”

Solei Day Spa members worked with members of FarmHouse Fresh, an established skin care line, to raise money to purchase and deliver dog beds to the shelter. FarmHouse Fresh, which carries a line of books, donated most of the proceeds of recent book sales to the dog beds.

“Our spa sold enough books to supply the rest of the dogs at Auburn Valley Humane Society with a large, fluffy dog bed,” said Amanda Clift, Solei’s marketing manager. “We are the first of FarmHouse Fresh’s Dog Bed Fairy program to meet the local shelter’s needs, and they rewarded us with being able to hand-deliver the dog beds.”

The donation is timely because October is National Adopt a Dog Month.

“I have an amazing staff,” Clift added, “and they’re huge about giving back to animals.”

AVHS staff appreciates the donation.

“The beds will bring more comfort,” said Sharon LaVigne, director of development and volunteers at the shelter. “Some of the dogs have arthritis, hip or other problems because they are older.”

The Auburn shelter has made an impact in the community. Approximately 9,600 animals have either been saved, adopted and placed in new homes or reunited with families in the AVHS’ less than six years of operations, LaVigne said.

To help or to learn more, visit auburnvalleyhs.org.


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Solei Day Spa employees and Auburn Valley Humane Society staff gather outside the shelter last Friday. The Lakeland Hills business, through a fundraiser with FarmHouse Fresh, an established skin care line, raised money to purchase and donate dog beds for the shelter. MARK KLAAS, Auburn Reporter

Solei Day Spa employees and Auburn Valley Humane Society staff gather outside the shelter last Friday. The Lakeland Hills business, through a fundraiser with FarmHouse Fresh, an established skin care line, raised money to purchase and donate dog beds for the shelter. MARK KLAAS, Auburn Reporter

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