Grayslake boys skip birthday gifts, raise $500 for Save-A-Pet

 
 
Posted6/3/2012 6:00 AM
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  • Cooper, left, and Ryan Brown are brothers from Grayslake who raised $500 for Save-A-Pet rather than accept gifts for their recent birthdays.

    Cooper, left, and Ryan Brown are brothers from Grayslake who raised $500 for Save-A-Pet rather than accept gifts for their recent birthdays. Photo courtesy Greg Brown

Cooper and Ryan Brown of Grayslake celebrated their birthdays and did something charitable at the same time.

Rather than accept gifts at their birthday parties in late April, 6-year-old Cooper and Ryan, 10, requested donations for the Save-A-Pet no-kill shelter near Grayslake. The boys raised $500 for the shelter.

Lillian Messner, a Save-A-Pet board director at large, said Ryan and Cooper brought the money to the facility and received a tour.

"They were in the main cat room most of the time," Messner said, "as they have adopted their cats from Save-A-Pet. I am so proud to have met these wonderful young men."

Greg Brown, the boys' father, said he and his wife were proud their children gave up birthday toys to help Save-A-Pet. Brown said some of the gifts would have been toys the boys already have or ones they wouldn't have liked or used.

"The previous birthday, we ended up with a lot of toys they never really played with," Brown said.

Cooper and Ryan are animal lovers. The Brown family adopted two cats from Save-A-Pet a couple of years ago.

"We like the care they provide the animals," Brown said.

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