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Senior Citizens Bake Homemade Dog Treats for Good Cause

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SALISBURY, Md.- The Humane Society of Wicomico County has a wish list to help care for dogs and cats at its shelter. This week, a group of senior citizens at Atria Senior Living Facility will grant one of those wishes with a special delivery.

WBOC caught up with a small group of passionate dog lovers at Atria before members rolled up their sleeves to prepare another batch of homemade dog biscuits. The seniors started baking treats in January.

Senior Ruth Brittingham is part of the group. She said it feels great to give back.

"It makes me feel good; I can do something for the animals," Brittingham said.

In video from a previous “Baking Biscuits for Bow Wows” session, seniors can be seen gathered around a table, using their hands to mix and mush the ingredients together. 

Senior Thelma Geoghegan describes the process.

"You have to have the dough first, and then you have to pat them and get them just right because if you don't, they are no good,” she said.

Each session lasts for about one hour. At least 60 dog treats are made. The “secret” recipe includes oatmeal, eggs and real bacon bits.

John Swicinski, who serves at the engaged life director and activities leader at Atria, tells WBOC the dog treats will benefit the Humane Society of Wicomico County, a shelter for dogs and cats. On the shelter's website, dog treats are on the wish list. Other needs include pet toys, dog and cat food, collars and leashes. 

"It's basically direct cash. We give them the product. We bake it, we make it, we bag it, it's got the contents in it, and then we just bring it and deliver it to them,” Swicinski said.

So far, the seniors have made 70 bags of dog biscuits and will make their first delivery Monday afternoon. Three to four treats will be in the bags and the ingredients as well.

Swicinski said the doors are open to other seniors, who live outside of Atria, that would like to help out with their mission. Anyone interested should call  (410) 713-4094.

If you would like to donate to the Humane Society of Wicomico County, click here.

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