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Potsdam woman’s simple gift shines through for Humane Society


POTSDAM - Iris Anable lives in a Mayfield Apartment in Potsdam. She is a feisty, caring, animal lover living on a modest fixed income. Back in 2006, when the Potsdam Humane Society needed to build a new shelter, Iris made an annual pledge of $10 each month.

At the end of the year, Iris came to shelter with her last check in hand, completing her $120 pledge. She cheerfully announced the experience had not been in the least “painful .”

And with that, she pledged to continue to do the same in 2007. So it went, 2008, $10 a month, and the same in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Today, in 2013, those $10 monthly gifts are still helping the animals. At the start, Mrs. Anable never thought that she would be donating over $800. Over time, the $10 a month gift really has become something much greater than it seemed.

“She is an inspiration,” according to PHS board member Bonnie Boyd. “What our animals need is the help of a few hundred, or even a thousand Iris Anables. In 2009, the community responded to a challenge from Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca. That community leadership and support enabled us to replace our 30 year-old facility with a new, improved and larger animal shelter. Increased capacity, though, means higher operating costs.”

“If I can do this, I know others can,” Mrs. Anable said. “Caring for animals is a very important thing to do, and a simple gift of $10 or more a month, can make a big difference. I challenge every animal lover to join me in making the commitment. You will feel so good when you do!”

Donations may also be made through PayPal at the Humane Society’s website For more information or to make a donation, mail items to 17 Madrid Avenue Potsdam, New York 13676, Tel/Fax 315-265-3199, or E-mail:

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