Shelter in her sights
by Glenn Moore
Mar 15, 2013 | 3080 views | 1 1 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Abbigail Hickman watches her bowling ball head down the lane during a practice on Feb. 22 at West Valley Bowl. Hickman is organizing the Pins for Pets bowling fundraiser for the Tracy Animal Shelter on March 23 at the bowling alley.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Abbigail Hickman watches her bowling ball head down the lane during a practice on Feb. 22 at West Valley Bowl. Hickman is organizing the Pins for Pets bowling fundraiser for the Tracy Animal Shelter on March 23 at the bowling alley. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A young bowler hopes to strike it rich with donations for the Tracy Animal Shelter during a bowling fundraiser March 23.

Abbigail Hickman, 9, thought of the fundraiser after a visit to the animal shelter in December to get a new cat.

During her visit, Abbigail was upset by the conditions she saw.

“It was all, like, run-down, and it smelled a lot,” she said. “It’s not a nice spot for the shelter.”

Abbigail is an avid bowler, competing in the West Valley Bowl Junior Travel League and Monday Afternoon Juniors recreation league at West Valley Bowl, 2365 East St.

She rolls about 40 games a week with her 12-pound ball and carries a 120-pin average.

A few days after her visit to the shelter, she asked her mother, Sunee, if she thought the bowling alley would do a fundraiser for the animal shelter.

Hickman told her daughter it was up to her to organize it, and Abbigail approached West Valley Bowl manager Herb Hunter, who agreed to host Pins for Pets.

The bowling fundraiser will be from 2 to 5 p.m. March 23, a Saturday.

“I like bowling, and if you can help people with something you like, you should do it,” Abbigail said.

During a return trip to the animal shelter, Abbigail tried to figure out what donations the staff needed for the animals.

“They need a lot. Some of the stuff surprised me — brushes, collars, treats, towels and flea medicine,” she said. “I want to help out — seems they always need a lot.”

She also wanted to buy toys for the dogs in the kennels.

“Dogs don’t get any nice toys,” she said. “It’s not fair.”

Tracy Animal Shelter supervisor Ben Miller, 43, said donations help with the 2,500 cats and dogs that spend time at the shelter annually.

“We are very grateful for all donations,” Miller said. “Donations of animal food is appreciated, as it allows us to relocate funds to other areas, most noticeably medical needs.”

Miller said the shelter can’t take tennis balls or similarly sized toys, as they can clog the drains at the shelter.

Abbigail has a $1,500 goal for her fundraising to buy supplies for the shelter.

She has also been gathering items for a raffle to be held along with the bowling.

The raffle tickets will sold only to people who donate something to the animal shelter, such as a can of dog food or a pet toy.

Among the items she has received for the raffle so far are a signed San Jose Sharks hockey puck, a one-hour Massage Envy session and a flight with the Wings of Rescue organization when it transports animals to Oregon.

Abbigail said people can drop off donations in a barrel during the fundraiser, including food, toys and bedding. A box will be available for monetary donations.

Pins for Pets tickets are $10. For information, email bowlingpinsforpets@gmail.com or westvalleybowl@yahoo.com or call 835-5262.

• Contact Glenn Moore at 835-3030 or gmoore@tracypress.com.
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March 15, 2013
What an awesome idea! Glad that people are giving back to animals without a voice! Way to go Abbigail!!


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