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Her cause: Pots 4 Paws

Twelve-year-old Anna Spado isn’t old enough to volunteer with the Humane Society of Charlotte. So she decided to find another way to help animals. And then another -- and another.

Because she’s frequently baking in the kitchen of her family’s Charlotte home, Anna decided to put on a bake sale to raise money for the Humane Society and set up a lemonade stand on busy days. She also made signs, banners and a booklet complete with photos of pets available for adoption.

Before long, she was putting another of her hobbies to good use. One day while creating pottery with her mother, Kathy Spado, Anna decided to make small pieces such as coasters, magnets and pet bowls to sell (she’s making a pet bowl in the photo above). She adorned the pottery with stamps of paw prints, “I Love Dogs” and “I Love Cats.” POTS 4 PAWS was born.

“I wanted another dog and my mom said we couldn’t, but I wanted a way to help dogs and be with dogs,” said Anna, a sixth-grader at Ridge Road Middle. “So I went online and found the Humane Society. I saw the wish list and then decided that I could get that stuff at the store and bring it to them.”

Anna uses all of the money raised -- $200 so far -- to buy items and deliver them to the shelter: cat/dog toys, bleach, paper products, food, bowls, leashes and collars. This also allows her to visit the dogs and cats.

Local potters who heard about Anna’s cause are helping as well.

Julie Wiggins donated clay and glaze to her and will fire Anna’s pottery in her personal kiln. Wiggins and Gastonia potter Jennifer Mecca, both hosting home pottery sales 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8 and noon-4 p.m. Dec. 9, will contribute: Anna will be the guest potter at the Wiggins sale at 1029 Dudley Ave. in Charlotte, where all proceeds from selling her pottery will go to the Humane Society of Charlotte. At the Mecca sale (1606 Village Court, Gastonia), all sales by twin 9-year-olds Ayden and McKenna Mecca will benefit the Society.

Anna’s dream is to attend Johnson & Wales University and become a professional chef, owning and operating her own bakery. “Just like now, I’ll bake and raise money ... so I can have fun cooking and help the animals at the same time,” she said.

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