Last year two young boys had a car wash at their home and asked for donations to S.A.V.E., the no-kill dog and cat shelter in Princeton. They collected close to $400 and are having their second annual car wash on Sunday, September 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 5 Westminster Drive, West Windsor. The rain date is Saturday, September 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jack Devine, 12, is a rising seventh grade student at Community Middle School. He is a student at the School of Rock where he plays the electric guitar, and he recently began painting graffiti art. He also runs track.
“Jack loves animals, especially dogs, and he chose this charity because it makes him feel happy that animals are being helped and he is part of the process,” says his mother, Lisa. “Jack enjoys washing cars and has been holding car washes for five years.”
His brother, Matt, 9, will be a fourth grade student at Village School. He, too, loves animals. He is in the Boy Scout program and also active in Tae Kwon Do.
The annual car washes turned to charity when Jack watched a program on Animal Planet about dogs needing homes. The family visited S.A.V.E. “The volunteers were very informative and let the boys walk some dogs,” says Lisa. “The boys formed an immediate attachment to the organization.”
The money donated last year was set up as pseudo adoptions where S.A.V.E. keeps the family updated on the animals as well as helps with the feeding and costs of running the shelter.
Lisa is a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Gold’s Gym. Her husband, Steve, is a paper broker for Clifford Paper. They moved to West Windsor from north Jersey 16 years ago after friends suggested they check out the area. “We liked what West Windsor had to offer including the proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, and Princeton,” says Lisa. “We also liked the train and the lot sizes available.”
The family was searching for a dog several years ago. “We have some allergy issues in the house and did not even know about S.A.V.E. then,” she says. “Searches on Petfinders found dogs that were not friendly with kids or had heart issues.” They adopted Lucy, a fluffy white Coton de Tulear dog from Maryland, three years ago. “She’s great for kids,” says Lisa. “If we ever get another dog we will look at S.A.V.E. first.”
Car Wash, S.A.V.E., 5 Westminster Drive, West Windsor. Sunday, September 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Benefit for the animal shelter in Princeton. Organized by Jack, a rising seventh grade student at Community Middle School. Donations invited. Raindate is Saturday, September 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 609-799-2331.