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Hamden Boy's Birthday Benefits Homeless Pets

When Ben Bailis recently turned 7, he decided rather than get birthday presents, he wanted those presents to go to the homeless pets at Hamden Animal Control.

When most kid's birthdays roll around, they plan parties anticipating the presents that will accompany those celebrations.

But when Hamden resident Ben Baitis recently turned 7, he decided he had enough toys for himself and instead requested presents for the homeless pets at Hamden Animal Control, which is located at the North Haven Animal Shelter.

And on Saturday he, his family and some of his friends delivered those presents: 75 pounds of dog food, 20 pounds of cat food, two dog toys, two bags of dog treats, two blankets and Clorox wipes.

"I wanted to help the dogs," Ben explained of his decision to forgo his own presents in favor of the items for the shelter. 

He got the idea after seeing the story on televison of another child who did something similar, he said. He first did it two years ago and decided to do it again this year, he said.

"I'll do it again too," he said.

"He's always liked animals," his mother Julie said.

His generosity was contagious -- his friend Emelia Lockett, 7, was happy to pick out some pet foot for the shelter, her mother Carissa said.

"She's an animal lover and was excited to help the animals," Carissa Lockett said. 

"They're cute and want their new owners," Emelia said.

Linda C November 11, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Happy Birthday Ben! On behalf of the Sheltered Animals I say Thank You for being such a selfless young man. You, your friends and your parents should be very proud of your decision and your kind spirit! You helped those animals and caretakers more than you will ever know. Wishing you all the Happiness such a generous act should bring. Again Happy Birthday!
Ellen Nosel November 12, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Happy Birthday Ben. You are an inspiration. Thank you for thinking of the animals.
Kay Mc November 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Thank you, Ben, for thinking of the animals on your big day. You will be rewarded one hundred times for your generosity. Have a wonderful birthday.

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