ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Humane Society raised $700 Saturday night during what was described as an emotional lantern raising ceremony in remembrance of lost pets.
More than 100 people attended in person, and another 60 lanterns were pre-sold for the event and were lifted with the help of volunteers.
“The event was basically lighting a lantern and sending it up in memory of lost pets, meaning pets that have passed away,” said HCHS assistant manager Sandy Behnke. “We also wanted to use the event to shine a light on the pets that are still needing a home. We had people from all over send in money, including Indiana and Florida — who had seen the lantern lighting advertised on Facebook and sent in money and a pet’s name.”
Behnke added, “We ordered 150 lanterns and we only have 12 left. It was a really emotional moment when those lanterns went airborne. There’s always that one special dog or cat that you can’t forget. We had grown men standing there with tears in their eyes.”For an expanded version of this article, please see Sunday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.