2010-12-16 / Local & State

Animal Welfare Group Moving Forward

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More than 20 residents met as part of ongoing efforts of the Fulton County animal welfare group on Monday, December 6, and Humane Society enforcement officer Dennis Bumbaugh addressed the group.

Among the many questions answered, Bumbaugh explained his philosophy and responsibilities regarding animal cruelty/neglect, his affiliation with Better Days Animal League (BDAL) of Shippensburg and Chambersburg, and the many issues associated with operating a nonprofit no-kill animal rescue/shelter. One county resident has expressed a serious interest in becoming a Humane Society enforcement officer, and efforts to attend the next state certification course available in May have been initiated.

Bumbaugh announced that the BDAL Thrift Store, located in the former Oliver Oil building, is now open for business. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, BDAL located at 2715 Warm Spring Road in Chambersburg will hold an open house on Saturday, December 18, from noon to 4 p.m.

Several group members have volunteered to chair various committees in support of short- and long-term goals; they include research/ development for establishing a Fulton County shelter, education/ awareness for animal protection, fundraising, and a lost/abandoned/fostering pet network. The education/awareness committee reported that e-mails requesting information on presenting an animal protection program were sent to all three county school districts. At this time, only Southern Fulton has responded and agreed to support the group’s efforts. An elementary program is tentatively scheduled for April.

Other committee efforts include preparations for coordinating a low cost spay/neuter clinic for cats and placement of collection boxes accepting food/supplies for the homeless BDAL residents at Butterfly Gardens, Fulton County Library, Michelle’s Massage Therapy and Spa, and Summer Thyme Floral.

Lastly, it was mentioned how important it is for all responsible pet owners to remember to winterize shelters and food/water sources for any outdoor pets. It is strongly encouraged that, whenever possible, pets be brought indoors during extreme weather conditions.

Officer Traci Miller from the PA Dept of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law, dog warden for Fulton and Bedford counties, has been asked to speak at the next meeting on Monday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Saint Stephen Catholic Church.

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