New PAWS sign is also a memorial for long-time supporter

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

Brenda West, left, and Kimberly Zambito-Dutton are pictured by the new sign for the PAWS Animal Shelter. West is the daughter of Carol Beach, who died on Nov. 28 at age 75.

ALBION – This new sign for the PAWS Animal Shelter in Albion went up last week, replacing the original sign from when the shelter opened in 1981.

Kimberly Zambito-Dutton of Kent paid for the sign as a memorial for Carol Beach, a long-time supporter for PAWS. She was also a former board member who adopted dogs from the site on Gaines Basin Road in Albion.

Beach was also like a second mother for Zambito-Dutton.

“Everybody loved Carol,” Zambito-Dutton said today at PAWS. “She was a very giving and loving person. She would have loved this.”

West and Zambito-Dutton have been best friends since the fourth grade.

Zambito-Dutton remembers driving by PAWS about two years ago and noticing how worn the sign was. When she was reflecting on Beach’s life and her commitment to PAWS, Zambito-Dutton decided the new sign would be a nice tribute for Beach and also give PAWS a boost.

“It looks a lot better,” said Morgan Tinkous, PAWS manager.

The sign includes the letters I.M.O.C.B., which stands for “In Memory of Carol Beach.”