2010-11-11 / Local & State

Animal Welfare Group Holds Third Meeting

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With the ultimate goal of eventually securing a nonprofit animal shelter/rescue and a Humane Society enforcement officer in Fulton County, 29 concerned people representing all parts of the county met for the third time on November 1. Many of those present also related tales of their experience with animal abuse and their frustration in not having a person or place to call.

The group’s main focus areas were reiterated for the numerous newcomers in attendance. The short-term goals include addressing support of services currently being provided for the cruelty/ neglect cases in Fulton County on a voluntary basis; initiating a community education/awareness campaign; establishing a foster care network; and identifying a possible location for a temporary holding kennel. The importance of forming committees that can work concurrently to address the various components of this massive undertaking was stressed.

It was reported that several fundraising efforts were held during the Fall Folk Festival benefiting Bedford County Humane Society, Better Days Animal League, and Greener Pastures. The group will continue to invite guests representing various interests to attend the meetings. Information was presented on the East Coast Animal Control Academy located in Maryland. However, it was later learned that accreditation would not transfer to Pennsylvania, so other certification options are being researched. A group member has volunteered to investigate grant availability as a possible means of funding support, and the group discussed taking the necessary steps to become a legitimate nonprofit organization.

There was much discussion about what can be done in the immediate future to secure continued animal cruelty/neglect enforcement in Fulton County.

With this in mind, Better Days Animal League (BDAL) is happy to announce the opening of a thrift store in McConnellsburg, located at 226 Lincoln Way West in the old Oliver Oil Building, and it is tentatively scheduled to open on Saturday, November 27. In addition to providing an alternative shopping experience, patrons will also be given the opportunity to support this nonprofit organization presently providing our county with a valuable service. All proceeds benefit enforcement officer services and the homeless animals at BDAL. Contributions of clothing and household items in new or gently used condition are being accepted and are tax deductible. Many in the local group are supporting BDAL’s efforts to make this a successful endeavor.

The next animal welfare meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m., at St. Stephen Catholic Church basement. Humane Society enforcement officer Dennis Bumbaugh is planning to attend; all interested people are welcome!

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