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Fran's Furry Friends

City Hall held pet drive in honor of retiring employee


To celebrate her upcoming retirement, a Sandy assistant city planner didn’t want a big party and instead asked everyone to donate a can of food for animals in need.

Organized by a fellow co-worker to honor Fran Berteau’s retirement, it materialized into a pet drive called “Fran’s Furry Friends” with donations going to the Pixie Project, a nonprofit animal adoption and rescue center based in Portland. The organization also offers pet owner education and low-cost veterinary services for homeless and low-income pet owners.

“I was just hoping everyone would bring in a can of food, but it’s taken on a life of its own,” she said. “It’s really nice.”

Berteau, who has served at City Hall since 2008, got involved with the Pixie Project five years ago.

“Animals are very important to me,” she said. “I believe in the welfare of animals, and it’s an opportunity to help them.”

The drive ended Friday, Aug. 22, with a barrel full of pet beds, food, dog bones and other items that Berteau delivered to the Pixie Project.

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