Tats for cats... and dogs


ABINGDON, Va. - Megan Hannigan and her fiance opened Imperial Tattoo in Abingdon earlier this year.

They knew from the beginning they wanted to do something to give back to the community.

"There's no better feeling than giving back to someone who can't return the favor to you," explained Hannigan.

Since they're both animal lovers, they came up with the idea of giving animal themed tattoos to raise money for the Washington County animal shelter.

On the third Friday and Saturday of every month, they run a special.

"People can come in, schedule an appointment, pick a design off the flash sheet, and tell us where they want to put it and we'll do that," said Hannigan.

The tattoos are between $20 and $30.

100% of the profits go to buying the animal shelter supplies.

And if you come up with your own animal design, Hannigan says just keep it simple.

The turnout for their first weekend of the special was so big they had to expand it to a week.

"We raised $1,200 and only $800 worth of supplies fit in the truck," said Hannigan.

The animal shelter has never seen anything like this fundraiser.

"I was very impressed with the amount of money they raised. This was a project they wanted to do and it quickly came to life," said shelter official Sgt. Jason Alexander. "My hat's off to them. They did a really great job and we are certainly very thankful up here."

"Being able to bring all the supplies down there and see the looks of everyones' faces, and how thankful they were. I really can't describe how awesome it made us feel," said Hannigan.

The next tattoo for animals special will be November 17th and 18th.

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