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Festival Queen contestant helps stressed animals find good homes

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Oyster Festival Queen contestant Kimberly Price and her Little Miss Spat contestant Claire Dise

Together, Oyster Festival Queen contestant Kimberly Price and her Little Miss Spat contestant Claire Dise helped the Middlesex Animal Shelter, which is a very small shelter at Cooks Corner that is in need of as many supplies and funds as it can get.

The project started when Kimberly met with the manager of the shelter, Ruth Williams, who explained that all the funds the shelter receives go straight to the animals’ medical attention and boarding. With these expenses there is very little wiggle room for anything else for the animals.

The first project Kimberly worked on was something to help bring in more supplies for the shelter. One item greatly needed was bedding for the animals. The bedding often gets torn up. So, Kimberly started having high-quality bedding made for the animals.

Between this project and the next one, Kimberly volunteered at the shelter to try to help the volunteers already there.

Secondly, the next project worked on was a “rock food drive.” Taking advantage of the new popular rock painting activity, Kimberly, with the help of family and friends, painted rocks and took them to the animal shelter. People then went to the shelter with an animal supply and collected a rock they could either keep or re-hide.

The final project Kimberly worked on was an Amazon wish list for the shelter. The purpose of this project was to make it easier for supplies to be purchased and shipped directly to the shelter. Kimberly teamed up with the animal charity SCAT (Sharon’s Critters Action Team) and was able to bring in a large amount of supplies.

Side project
While in the middle of her community service project, Kimberly was faced with a conundrum. She received a phone call from a friend pertaining to kittens that had been dumped on the side of the road. Kimberly quickly helped rescue them and brought the kittens to a safe place where they could be fostered back to health. After weeks of vet visits and checkups, the kittens were given to the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society where one of them went home with Kimberly and the others were given to loving homes.

High school/career
While obtaining her high school education Kimberly has been a member of Middlesex High School’s DECA club where she has traveled to international competitions (after winning first place at the state contest held in Virginia Beach) held in Anaheim, California, and attended a leadership academy.

Aside from school, Kimberly works at Horizons Unlimited Early Learning Center where she is a teacher’s aide.

On Sundays Kimberly attends church at Bellamy United Methodist Church.

When Kimberly graduates, she would like to attend Rappahannock Community College and then transfer to Virginia Tech where she will pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Kimberly Price is the daughter of Misty and Thomas Justis and she has two siblings, Elizabeth and Zach.

Kimberly’s Spat contestant, Claire Dise, is the daughter of Kristen and Dustin Dise and she has an older sister named Julia.

posted 10.18.2017

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