Autistic student’s plan advantages preserve pets

August 17, 2014 - Picnic Time

Autistic student's plan advantages preserve pets

Autistic student’s plan advantages preserve pets

Record-Eagle/Jan-Michael Stump Cole Onthank, 17, plays with a kitten to assistance consort it while volunteering during a Cherryland Humane Society in Traverse City on Wednesday afternoon. Onthank, who will be a comparison during Grand Traverse Academy this fall, is organizing “Picnic Hope,” on Saturday, Aug. 23 to find homes for preserve animals as good as collect donations of income and equipment for a shelter.

Autistic student's plan advantages preserve pets

Autistic student’s plan advantages preserve pets

Record-Eagle/Jan-Michael Stump Cole Onthank, 17, volunteers during a Cherryland Humane Society in Traverse City on Wednesday afternoon. Onthank, who will be a comparison during Grand Traverse Academy this fall, is organizing “Picnic Hope,” on Saturday, Aug. 23 to find homes for preserve animals as good as collect donations of income and equipment for a shelter.

Autistic student's plan advantages preserve pets

Autistic student’s plan advantages preserve pets

Record-Eagle/Jan-Michael StumpCole Onthank, 17, covers his face from dirt while stuffing spawn boxes while volunteering during a Cherryland Humane Society in Traverse City on Wednesday afternoon. Onthank, who will be a comparison during Grand Traverse Academy this fall, is organizing “Picnic Hope,” on Saturday to find homes for preserve animals as good as collect donations of income and equipment for a shelter.

Autistic student's plan advantages preserve pets

Autistic student’s plan advantages preserve pets

Record-Eagle/Jan-Michael Stump Cole Onthank, 17, greets a kitten while volunteering during a Cherryland Humane Society in Traverse City on Wednesday afternoon. Onthank, who will be a comparison during Grand Traverse Academy this fall, is organizing “Picnic Hope,” on Saturday, Aug. 23 to find homes for preserve animals as good as collect donations of income and equipment for a shelter.



Posted: Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 6:00 am

Autistic student’s plan advantages preserve pets

BY MARTA HEPLER DRAHOS mdrahos@record-eagle.com

Record-Eagle.com

TRAVERSE CITY — Cole Onthank’s autism is invisible to those he loves.

That includes pets available adoption during a Cherryland Humane Society, where Onthank, 17, volunteers.

“He socializes with a dogs and cats, and he’ll do anything we wish him to do,” pronounced preserve proffer coordinator Cheryl Morgan, who puts Onthank to work during all from scooping cat spawn into 50 or 60 spawn boxes during a time to scrubbing a dirt from a cat room’s section walls. 

“He comes in with his mentor and they’ll even stand adult on a stepladder and rinse a tops of a cat cages. He’s unequivocally good. He is always happy and smiling and upbeat, so when people come in he’s a genuine plus.”

Now Onthank is parlaying his proffer knowledge and adore for animals into a special eventuality to assistance them find homes. “Picnic Hope,” scheduled for Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., also was designed to lift preserve supports and collect equipment on a “wish list” for a pets’ care.

The thought came to Onthank while he mulled options for a propagandize use bar plan with mentor Carol Poppe of The Autism Center of Northern Michigan.

“It was ideal since we adore animals and we adore volunteering,” pronounced Onthank, a comparison during a Grand Traverse Academy open licence propagandize and a member of a Key Club. “They give we so many joy.”

The eventuality will underline music, prizes — including a present certificate for 5 yoga sessions — grant and concession stations, and normal cruise fare, from prohibited dogs and chips to brownies and lemonade. Onthank solicited friends, neighbors and businesses for help.

“We have a series of immature people who do things in several ways though zero like this cruise idea, that is flattering creative,” said Mike Cherry, the shelter’s executive director.

He pronounced a cruise is generally acquire now, during a preserve debate to lift $500,000 for handling costs. The preserve launched a debate in a spring, citing a decrease in designed giving like wills, trusts and free present annuities, that make adult many of a funding.

“It’s an ongoing routine for us,” Cherry said. “We got a flattering good response to start with though zero tighten to what we need.”

The preserve also needs donations of Purina dog, cat, puppy and kitten chow, gravel-type cat litter, and sturdy, washable pet toys. But Onthank’s categorical idea is to find perpetually homes for a 100 or so pets — 20 dogs and 88 cats during final count.

“I wish everybody wants to adopt a cat or dog,” pronounced Onthank, who already has one pet — a poodle brew named Tony — and would adore to adopt more. “Everyone wants to adopt a kitten though there are a lot of adult cats that are spayed (or neutered) and need homes.”

Working with a preserve is usually one of Onthank’s summer pursuits. He also works part-time in a upkeep dialect during a Traverse City State Park, volunteers during Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store and helps other students with autism during The Autism Center.

“Cole is really social,” Poppe said. “He likes assembly new people.”

And pets.

“The many fun during a Cherryland Humane Society is being there, creation friends and operative with a animals,” Onthank said.

For some-more information about “Picnic Hope,” pet adoptions or donations, revisit www.cherrylandhumane.org or call 946-5116.


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