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Pajama Girls’ Day

The Board of Directors of the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society proclaimed the last Thursday of every February to be known henceforth as National Pajama Girls’ Day, in recognition of the work of the Humane Society volunteers and the Gloucester Walmart to find homes for the dogs, cats and other animals that have passed through the doors of the Gloucester-Mathews-Middlesex Animal Shelter. The Pajama Girls’ program started 19 years ago, with the women, dressed in PJs, taking the animals every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to Walmart in hopes of introducing them to their new adoptive parents. Some weeks, they don’t get any applications; other weeks, they get two or three applications for adoption, said Cheryl Walker, one of the original Pajama Girls. Dressing up in PJs, Walker said, was the idea of Laura Offield-Hubbard as a way of catching the eye of passing Walmart shoppers. The program started with store manager George Joyner, who passed along the tradition to his...

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