Essay Contest Winner Asks for Donations to Help Homeless Animals on Her Birthday

Braith Norton asked guests to donate supplies for Arlington Animal Services in lieu of gifts for her 9th birthday.

Braith Norton celebrated her birthday doing what she loves – helping animals while spending time with friends and family at Arlington Animal Services.

Norton chose Animal Services as the party destination for her ninth birthday. Rather than gifts for herself, she requested donations for the homeless animals. Norton’s dream birthday came true when party guests brought a whole cart loaded with much-needed supplies for the shelter.

Not only is Norton passionate about animals, she is also a talented writer. Earlier this year she was one of 12 students to pen winning essays in this year’s Animal Essay Contest. The City received more than 1,300 essay entries from students in third through sixth grade.

Animal Services hosted this VIP birthday celebration with an exciting scavenger hunt, a tour of the facility, and some fun Photo Booth time. The Norton family supplied sandwiches, fruit and cake relished by all in attendance.

“I can’t wait until I am 10 so that I can start to volunteer here at the shelter,” Norton said.

During the birthday festivities, an adoptable dog caught the attention of Brynne Norton, the birthday girl’s sister.

“I want to adopt this dog. She would make a good friend for our dog at home,” Brynne Norton said.

The Norton Family is to be commended for raising their children to be aware of the benefits of responsible pet ownership, civil commitment, and animal activism.

To get more information on how to have your child’s birthday party at Arlington Animal Services, or to check available dates, please contact Angie Rayburn-Pigat, Administrative Coordinator/Volunteers at angelina.rayburn-pigat@arlingtontx.gov, or call 817-459-6183.

Find additional details about booking a birthday party on the Animal Services website here.

Click here to see more photos from Norton’s birthday party.