7 Questions for Adam Fitzgerald from FCHS

October 16, 2014 in 7 Questions, adoptable cats, adoptable dogs, Animal Shelters by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to this week’s installment of the 7 Questions blog series.


 This week I am very excited to hear from Adam Fitzgerald.

Adam is the President of the Board of Directors for Frankiln County Humane Society (FCHS) in St. Albans, VT.

FCHS promotes the health, welfare, and humane treatment of animals in Northwestern Vermont by providing temporary shelter for them with the ultimate goal of finding them good, permanent homes within the community.  FCHS has grown from an all volunteer driven effort to an incorporated 501 ©3 non-profit organization housed in a 3500 square foot building that can comfortably house approximately 23 dogs and 30 cats; numbers which more often than not are exceeded.  The future of FCHS depends on caring, generous individuals to ensure its ability to shelter these animals until they can find their rightly deserved loving permanent homes.

Adam has graciously agreed to take part in Damien’s Best Dog Toys 7 Questions Blog Series in exchange for a donation of 3 Damien’s Best Dog Toys in his name to FCHS.


7 Questions for Adam Fitzgerald

DBDT: Adam, Can you tell me about some of the animals residing at Franklin County Human Society?

Adam: With over 100 animals currently residing in the shelter, picking just a few to highlight is tough! One of my favorites is Molly, an 18 month old husky mix. She’s a beautiful, friendly pup who has great manners and would love to go to an active family who will take her for walks and play fetch with her! Right now we’ve got a kitten here at Walker’s Farm, Home and Tack (we’re a remote adoption site) named Teddy. He’s a black cat with a perfect white mustache under his nose. His brother Oreo is hanging out with him and they’re both looking for their forever home!

DBDT: Can you talk about how you became the President of the Franklin County Humane Society’s Board of Directors?

Adam:  I joined the board in 2011 when they were looking for directors with a business background. After the first year I was on the board there was a lot of turnover, and I took on a more active roll. I was elected vice president and was able through my position here at Walker’s to start hosting and planning more events. When the previous President stepped down last year I was nominated and elected, and was just elected to my second term earlier this month.

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Snoop Dog At FCHS

DBDT: FCHS has been around since 1964, can you talk about how the organization has changed in the past 50 years?

Adam: FCHS was stared in an old building on the radar base on Fairfield Hill with just a few members and a passion for helping animals. In the mid 1990s we built and moved into a more modern facility in St Albans City. This space has allowed us to help find forever homes for countless dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and more! As well as start programs like Trap, Neuter, Release, to help control our feral cat population and out Low Cost Spay and Neuter program to offer the community an affordable way to get their animals fixed. As we’ve grown, so have the communities we serve, and with them the animal population. Now there is more of a need than ever for the Franklin County Humane Society.

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Franklin County Humane Society in winter

DBDT: As a member of the Board of Directors, what do you see as your most important role?

Adam: I believe that the Board of Directors main role is to make sure the shelter is financially viable so that they are able to continue the work that is so desperately needed. My goal is for the board to stay out of the day to day running of the shelter and take a more over-arching view to guarantee the future of the shelter.

Princess at FCHS

Princess at FCHS

DBDT: From your perspective, what is the biggest issue facing animal rescues and shelters?

Adam: I believe that education is the biggest issue facing our shelter, and others as well. Servicing a primarily rural area, we see so much neglect because of a lack of understanding of the basic needs of animals. My belief is that if we are able to educate the next generation of animal owners we would see less neglect, more spaying and neutering and happier animals and humans. Our goal is to start an education program that targets middle school students on these issues.

DBDT: What is one thing that you have learned from working with animals that you would like share with the world?

Adam: That the love and care you give to animals will come back to you one hundred fold.

Sam at FCHS

Sam at FCHS

DBDT: What is your favorite animal related memory?

Adam: This is a tough one! This past may we were able to take part in the Maddie’s Fund Adoption event and we were able to find homes for 100 animals over two days. It was free to adopt, but the adopters did have to be preapproved. Seeing so many happy families with their new family members is something I won’t forget.

To see some of the dogs and cats available for adoption at FCHS visit their website.


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Wordless Wednesday: Chase Away K9 Cancer5K

October 15, 2014 in Animal Medical, Wordless Wednesday by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday!

Last weekend Veruca and I went to Burlington to participate in Vermont’s 4th Annual Chase Away 5K.

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Registration

 

Here is Veruca posing for her pre-race photo.

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Waiting to run.

Little did we know we were being filmed by the local news. See if you can find us in the video.

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Vermont’s Chase Away 5K is part of the National Chase Away K9 Cancer movement.

 Founded in 2006 by Cera Reusser, Chase Away K9 Cancer brings together people and dogs from all walks of life to combat and eventually defeat this horrible disease. Chase Away K9 Cancer is a grassroots effort with volunteers from all across the country where donations and net proceeds from merchandise fund canine cancer studies and help to raise K9 cancer awareness. Chase Away K9 Cancer is a fund held within the National Canine Cancer Foundation which is the parent non-profit 501c3. Read more at chaseawayk9cancer.org

 

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Tuesday’s Tails: Maxamillion

October 14, 2014 in adoptable dogs, Tuesday's Tails by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop hosted by DogsnPawz.com and Talking Dogs.

Tuesday’s Tails blog hop features shelter animals. Come join the fun and help a furry friend find a forever home! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the other blogs and share their dogs, cats, rabbits, and all the other animals that need forever homes on your social media sites. Please spread the word!

This week we are featuring Maxamillion! Maxamillion is an 18 month old Beagle staying at North Country Animal League.

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Maxamillion is a lovable boy that wants to run and play. He needs lots of exercise and would love a canine friend to pal around with or a fenced yard at home.

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Maxamillion is good with children and promises to bring joy to his new family everyday.

Visit Maxamillion’s Petfinder page to find out more about him or the other dogs and cats available for adoption at North Country Animal League.


 

Not ready to adopt, but still want to help out adoptable dogs?

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For every photo or video tagged with #Howloween in the month of October in 2014, Beggin’ will donate 1 bag of Beggin’ (up to 10,000 bags) to one of Petfinder’s thousands of shelters across the country because every dog deserves a treat during #Howloween!

Additionally, Beggin’ will be donating $10,000 to the Petfinder Foundation to further help homeless pets!

To find out more about #Howloween visit Petfinder’s blog here.

 

Don’t forget to visit all the other wonderful adoptable animals featured in this blog hop!


 

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Ava visits the Lamoille River

October 8, 2014 in Dogs, Outside Adventures, Photo Post, Wordless Wednesday by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday!

Last Friday Ava was able to join me at work.  On our lunch break we visited a dog friendly park in downtown Morrisville, VT. The Lamoille River provides a natural boundary for the park and Ava couldn’t resist hoping in the river.

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The water at the river is very clear

 

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Ava thinks it tastes pretty good too

 

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Enjoying the sun on a fall day

 

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Tuesday’s Tails: Puppers

October 7, 2014 in adoptable dogs, Tuesday's Tails by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop hosted by DogsnPawz.com and Talking Dogs.

Tuesday’s Tails blog hop features shelter animals. Come join the fun and help a furry friend find a forever home! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the other blogs and share their dogs, cats, rabbits, and all the other animals that need forever homes on your social media sites. Please spread the word!

This week we are featuring Puppers!

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Puppers is an 8 month old pit mix staying at North Country Animal League. She is athletic, has a lot of energy for activities, and is very much trainable.

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Puppers would be best for experienced dog owners who enjoy training and devoting lots of time to their dogs. Puppers would also prefer in a home without cats.

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Visit Pupper’s Petfinder page to find out more about her or the other dogs and cats available for adoption at North Country Animal League.

Pupper’s photos were taken by the staff at NCAL

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Veruca hikes Beaver Meadow Trail, VT

October 3, 2014 in Hiking with Dogs, Nature Walks, Outside Adventures by Mark at DBDT

Just outside of Morrisville, VT, off of Mud City Loop Road, and down Beaver Meadow Road, is the access point for a trail known as Beaver Meadow Trail. The Beaver Meadow Trail follows an old logging road into the Mount Mansfield State Forest as it heads uphill towards an intersection with The Long Trail (2.6 miles from parking area) and Whiteface Mountain (3.6 miles from parking areas). Veruca and I ventured up this trail last Friday after work.  It was a wonderful hike for an early fall afternoon.

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Let’s Go!

The gradual incline of the trail isn’t very strenuous.  However, Veruca embraced the opportunity to jump in the first mountain stream we came to. The stream was about 1 mile from the parking lot.

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Water Break.

At 2.5 miles from the parking lot the Beaver Meadow Trail veers off the logging road onto the Beaver Meadow Bypass trail.

Veruca at bypass trail sign

Veruca at bypass trail sign

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Trail Sign

Beaver Meadow Brook is only a short distance after the turnoff for the Bypass Trail.

Lower Beaver Meadow Brook

Lower Beaver Meadow Brook

Continue up the Bypass Trail for about another 1/2 mile and you will reach Beaver Meadow Lodge.

Approaching the Lodge

Approaching the Lodge

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Resting at the lodge

Stream as it passes the lodge

Stream as it passes the lodge

For the adventurous types, there are many place you can go from here.

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Trail sign at lodge

But for Veruca and I the Lodge  was our turn-around spot.  We took a couple of minutes to enjoy the quite of the woods, before heading back to the car.  Once we reached the parking lot we were greeted with this great rural Vermont landscape.

Beginning of Foliage Season

Beginning of Foliage Season

The total trip was close to 5.6 miles, although I had to shut off my Wooftraxs mileage counter because I ran out of battery power on my phone. Even though there are not any vista or grand landscapes to see from the trail, the wooded paths and the river crossing provide a different kind of beauty for the hiker and canine companion.

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Steeler at Twin Bridges, Stowe, VT

October 1, 2014 in Dogs, Hiking with Dogs, Wordless Wednesday by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday.

Last week Steeler took a break from his normal activities to hang out by the river at the Twin Bridges in Sterling Forest, Stowe, VT.

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On the twin bridges

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Tasting the water at Sterling Brook

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Under the bridge

Steeler at Twin Bridges

Time to go!

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Our dog toys are rugged and are perfect for playing fetch, tug, and positive reinforcement training!

Tuesday’s Tails: Mystical Vixen

September 30, 2014 in adoptable cats, Tuesday's Tails by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop hosted by DogsnPawz.com and Talking Dogs.

Tuesday’s Tails blog hop features shelter animals. Come join the fun and help a furry friend find a forever home! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the other blogs and share their dogs, cats, rabbits, and all the other animals that need forever homes on your social media sites. Please spread the word!

This week we are featuring Mystical Vixen! Mystical Vixen was picked up as a stray with her kittens and is now staying at North Country Animal League.

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She is a very sweet girl and likes to spend most of her time lounging around on the cat trees.

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Mystical Vixen is okay with cats when given a little time and space to get to know them.

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Visit Mystical Vixen’s Petfinder.com page to find out more about him or the other dogs and cats available for adoption at North Country Animal League.

Mystical Vixen’s photos were taken by the staff at NCAL

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To date DBDT has donated 449 dog toys and 6512 cat toys to area humane societies. You can support us our initiative to donate dog and cat toys by visiting our affiliate Petfood Direct. .

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From Steeler’s Perspective

September 24, 2014 in Dogs, Hiking with Dogs, Nature Walks, Wordless Wednesday by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday!

This is a pair of pictures that I am calling “From Steeler’s Perspective”

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Looking Down the Trail

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And Over the Wall

In both of these pictures Steeler is looking for his hiking buddy Ava.  Ava usually gets ahead of us when we get distracted by the squirrels and when we stop to greet the other hikers.

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To date we have donated 449 dog toys and 6512 cat toys.

Tuesday’s Tails: Aurora

September 23, 2014 in adoptable dogs, Dogs, Tuesday's Tails by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop hosted by DogsnPawz.com and Talking Dogs.

Tuesday’s Tails blog hop features shelter animals. Come join the fun and help a furry friend find a forever home! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the other blogs and share their dogs, cats, rabbits, and all the other animals that need forever homes on your social media sites. Please spread the word!

This week is very special because it is Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week!

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Many factors can make a pet seem “less adoptable.” To promote these unusual (or, in some cases, too common) animals, Petfinder.com has designated Sept. 21-27, 2014 as “Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week.

In preparation for this week, Petfinder.com asked “What pets do our shelter and rescue group members have the hardest time finding homes for?” Here’s what they said:

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 In honor of Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week we are featuring Aurora.

Aurora is an independent and stunningly beautiful Pit Bull.

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Aurora is about 4.5 years old and is very friendly and content dog! She is laid back but also athletic and strong! She would be great for outdoor activities like hiking and going for nature walks!

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Aurora would be perfect for someone who is looking for a dog that’s out of their teenage and puppy behavior. Aurora recently visited 2 local nursing homes and has received rave reviews.

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Visit Aurora’s Petfinder page to find out more about him or the other dogs and cats available for adoption at North Country Animal League.  

 Aurora’s photos were taken by the staff at NCAL
 

Don’t forget to visit all the other wonderful adoptable animals featured in this blog hop!

You can support us in DBDT’s initiative to donate dog and cat toys to area shelters by visiting our affiliate Petfood Direct. To date we have donated 449 dog toys and 6512 cat toys .

This week at Petfood Direct Natural Balance is Buy One Get One 50% OFF by using this link!