November 5, 2010

Good Stuff Happening in Franklin County

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau


Hardworking. Resilient. Determined. Compassionate. These are just a few words that can describe the wonderful staff and volunteers of Planned Pethood and the Franklin County Humane Society. Several years back, the news covered a story about the very high kill rate of pets in their community. A group of people came together, laid out a plan that included a new adoption center, and decided that enough was enough.

They work relentlessly to adopt out animals and have succeeded in dramatically reducing their county's kill rate of cats and dogs.

To date in 2010 they have placed ‎731 dogs, 270 cats for a total (and counting) of 1001. Awesome.

Many of these are adopted through their beautiful facility on Virgil H. Goode Highway. It is a warm and welcoming place for both pets and humans. The cats have a bright and spacious play area. The dog dens are state of the art with glass doors to reduce the noise, Kuranda beds, and a relaxed atmosphere. The dogs also have an awesome play area outside. If you have not seen the new facility, check it out!

The overflow of pets is often transferred to other No Kill facilities. Many of these are as far as New Hampshire, and dedicated volunteers make the necessary plans and travel arrangements. It is a tremendous amount of work and frustration, but part of the daily routine for these volunteers.

Here is where I have to thank Anita Scott. She is truly a miracle worker- not with a magic wand, but with perseverance and a love for the animals. Anita knows every breed specific and non breed specific rescue group up and down the eastern shore; I am sure she has used them all at one time or another. She has also helped many of us in surrounding counties place animals, and we are forever inspired and grateful to her.

Please click here to see a few of their success stories, including Harley, picured below. He was shot twice in the leg before coming to FCHS, and he is now safe and happy with his new family.

A very special thank you to all the folks in Franklin County working hard for their homeless pets. Keep up the awesome work!

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