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Doing Good in Delaware: Angels Among Us Animal Sanctuary in Wilmington


Salon 26 owner Kerri Marioni gives her friend Chester some TLC. Photograph by Jared CastaldiAngel Hair

Once a year, Salon 926 owner Kerri Marioni lets her shop go to the dogs.

In June, Marioni and her staff offered salon and spa service specials, held raffles and even let six adoptable pooches run around the shop in Wilmington, all in the name of fundraising.

The dogs did shed a bit, but Marioni says a little extra hair on the floor is worth it. “It’s a different kind of hair,” she says with a laugh. “It floats around.”

The event raised $2,800 for Angels Among Us Animal Sanctuary, a local nonprofit that rescues, fosters and adopts senior and special needs dogs. During its first four years, the event benefited the Delaware Humane Association. But Marioni, who has a 14-year-old dog with diabetes, chose a group that focuses on older animals.

The salon also hosts other benefits, including events for the Ronald McDonald House and the International Multiple Myeloma Foundation. Along with the money raised through the years, stylists and clients have adopted pets. Marioni says the events have also attracted new clientele.

“The animal world brings us a lot of people,” she says. “People support animals more than they support children. Isn’t that amazing?”
—Drew Ostroski

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