News of the Day

FOLKS GIVE A LOUD ‘WOOF’ AND JUSTICE FOR DOGS

by Craig Altschul

The animal rescue organization Justice for Dogs is but a few years old. It was started by Johnson resident Ben Edwards and Wolcott resident Amy Touchette in 2007 to offer help to homeless animals. The organization receives no town, state, or federal money and relies totally on donations, said the News and Citizen. Their overhead is very low because of people who volunteer their time and, in many cases, their homes as foster “parents,” so most of the funds can be used for animal care. Many community businesses also donate their facilities to house the animals until they are adopted. They were granted nonprofit status in 2008, so donations are tax deductible. Their services include spay and neutering feral cats and kittens; educating families; supplying better food and better dog housing to dogs remaining in their homes; arranging transportation to vets’ offices; and adopting out animals.There is no adoption fee, adoptions are guaranteed, and adoptive families can receive follow-up behavior support if needed. “I believe it takes a community working together to save animals and Lamoille County is doing just that,” said Touchette. If you want to donate or volunteer, call 802-472-38945 for more information or attend one of their weekly meetings. Looks like these folks are barking up the right tree.

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Craig Altschul

About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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