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Teddy triage at Fort Mill thrift shop benefits pet shelter

Mandy McCall paints Giovanna Leyton's face during the event.
Mandy McCall paints Giovanna Leyton's face during the event.

The Humane Society of York County’s PAWSibilities Thrift Shop was transformed into a medical triage area Saturday.

But instead of humans or four-legged pets, the “doctor,” volunteer Mary Eileen White, performed “surgery” on stuffed animals that their young owners brought in.

The event was held for National Teddy Bear Day, which was actually the day before. Children brought their well-loved teddy bears, dinosaurs and in one case, a duck named Quacky, to see the doc. White, who came with the student-volunteer group the Egg Nog Club from Nation Ford High School, sewed up stuffed animals that had seen better days for a donation of $1. She also handed out small containers of Tender Loving Care, a prescription for healing for the stuffed animals.

The Humane Society of York County’s PAWSibilities Thrift Shop in Fort Mill hosted a Teddy Bear Clinic to repair ailing stuffed animals and other kids' toys and raise money for the HSYC's no-kill shelter.

“I’ve sewn a bear that’s been loved for 10 years, and a dinosaur with a tummy ache,” White said. “I had to perform surgery on a duck named Quacky.”

Quacky’s owner, Beccah Wilson, 8, hugged the now-healing yellow duck to her chest as she waited in line to get her face painted as part of the festivities.

“I’ve had him since I was a baby,” Beccah said. “I’m 8, and so is he. I noticed the other day he had a hole in his back.”

Beccah said during surgery that Quacky received three new bags of stuffing, some stitches and an Avengers Band-Aid.

“Very happy,” Beccah said, hugging Quacky tighter, when asked how she felt about her beloved on-the-mend duck.

Build-A-Bear bears and stuffed animals were available for adoption, complete with apparel. A few real life dogs were on premises, with Humane Society volunteers hoping they would be adopted, too.

Mandy McCall of Party Face painted colorful cat faces and other animals for a line of children, including Giovanna Leyton and her best friend, Micaela McLaren, both 10.

Giovanna said she wanted to come to the Teddy Bear Clinic “to see all the dogs and win the raffle.”

In addition to the raffle, teddy bear adoptions and “surgeries,” participants could also color a teddy bear or enjoy refreshments, including teddy bear beehive cupcakes provided by thrift store manager Sharon Delaney.

White wore scrubs and a stethoscope for the day, but actually works in technical support at Nation Ford High. Playing doc for a good cause might have White coming back as a HSYC volunteer, she said.

“It’s a pleasure to be here,” White said. “It’s a wonderful place and a great introduction (to the Humane Society). I’d love to come back.”