Otto Florist and Second Chance Animal Services Deliver 84 Dozen Roses to Area Nursing Homes

Otto Florist and Second Chance Animal Services Deliver 84 Dozen Roses to Area Nursing Homes

Second Chance Animal Services Development Director Lindsay Doray and special guest Holly, Doray’s one-year-old golden retriever delivered 68 dozen roses to patients at Quaboag on the Common in West Brookfield  with the help of volunteers.  The roses were sold through a join fundraiser with Otto Florist & Gift in Ware to help raise money for pets in need and encourage random acts of kindness to our seniors living in local nursing homes.  

“Everyone was very excited to receive the roses and visit with Holly” said Doray.  “This year’s Roses for Rescue fundraiser has been a great success and will help fund programs our local seniors rely on to keep their pets healthy.”

Roses were also delivered to patients at Brook Haven Nursing Home in West Brookfield and St. Mary’s Health Care Center in Worcester.   

This is the second year for the Roses for Rescue fundraiser started by Michele Lariviere, owner of Otto Florist & Gifts in Ware.  Lariviere wanted to be able to do something to help the homeless animals in the world.   "Being in the floral business, roses seemed to be the perfect way to make it work” said Lariviere.  “Proceeds from the sale of the roses go directly to Second Chance Animal Services".

Last year Otto Florist & Gifts started a "Pet Wall" dedicated to the fantastic people who have rescued animals. Their unbelievable photos and stories are on display at Otto Florist & Gifts. The public can stop by and read some of these incredible stories or send their own personal rescue stories and photos. They can be emailed to: ottoflorist@yahoo.com or dropped off at Otto Florist & Gifts, 7 North Street, Ware, MA.  The "Pet Wall" is growing.

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