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How one Hamburg dog kennel is helping families with sick children

Posted at 3:20 PM, Sep 07, 2020

COVID-19 hasn’t exactly been kind to Donna Woodruff’s business.

“I’ve literally lost money just about everyday I’ve been open.”

Woodruff owns Sundance Kennels in Hamburg, and with everyone staying put these days, most haven’t needed to board their pet.

Woodruff said business is down 68 percent.

But, that isn’t stopping her from keeping a promise she made 10 years ago with a 10-year-old girl named Bella Weakland.

“Before Bella passed away, she asked me to do it. So, that is my promise to her. They can call anytime day or night, and I’ll get the dog in.”

Woodruff promised Bella she would offer free boarding to any family with a child who is terminally ill or has a life threatening illness. Woodruff boarded Bella’s dogs for free during her battle with brain cancer.

“I’d rather see this help them than them getting rid of their pets because the kids need their pets. No matter what, I need to be there for the families who are in that much distress,” she said.

For more information, call 716-649-5600.