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.
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.
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.
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.
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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