A Touchy-Feely Type of Sunday

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Everyone makes sacrifices this time of year. Today, an array of mammals, reptiles, vertebrates, and insects did their part to bring a little light and shed a little joy on the Upper Valley.

At River Road Veterinary Clinic along the Connecticut River, these various animals allowed themselves to be pet, rubbed, knocked upon, stared at, laughed at, photographed, and generally admired by hordes of local residents, young and less young. 

The special petting zoo was a featured part of day 17 of the 19 Days of Norwich and Beyond. Visitors could make a donation that would benefit the Haven. The fauna was not the only living thing making a sacrifice on this Sunday afternoon. One of the employees, who was helping to shepherd the kids through the piglets, goats, bunnies, chickens, horses, calves, macaws, tortoises, black milk snakes, and giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches, said it had been busy for the entire 3 hours. With a broad smile, she conceded that she and her colleagues were tired. 

But the shrieks of delight from children and the vast generosity of the community at large were clearly enough to make her sacrifice worthwhile.

Tomorrow, we celebrate the appropriateness of the word "penultimate."

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Daily Reminders:

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation, all 19 Days donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $125,000. Make sure to label your donation as "19 Days" in order to get the matching funds.

For the 19 Days Pet Contest, click here.

For the 19 Days Auction, click here.

To make a donation directly to the Haven, click here.

For background on the 19 Days, click here.

N.B. We are using Dan & Whit's as the umbrella posting organization, but the stories will come from all over the area. For a list of participating businesses and organizations, click here


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