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"Woofstock" a big hit

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Middlebury, Vermont - October 2, 2010

The Addison County Humane Society says the number of animals in their care has doubled in recent years, and they are struggling financially to keep up. Officials say the economy is to blame, but a big fundraiser "Woofstock" was a big hit!

Tails were wagging at Woofstock today. About 75 dogs and their owners came out to support the Addison County Humane Society, and have a little fun. Many of the canines on hand were alumni of the ACHS donning bandanas as they roamed the recreation field. But many more critters remain at the shelter.

"When I got here three years ago we had about 85 animals. Right now we have 140 at our shelter and another 50 in foster care," said Vicki VanDenBurg of ACHS.

But while their numbers doubled, their budget did not.

"We do not receive any state or federal dollars. We do not receive any funding from any national organizations like The Humane Society of the United States or the ASPCA. We adopt an animal out for $100 and it costs us about $400 to care for that animal," said VanDenBurg.

The Addison County Humane Society operates on a $400,000 budget made up entirely of grants and donations. They say they rely on events like Woofstock to meet that growing number every year.

"We are hoping to raise about $20,000 this year from this event," said VanDenBurg.

Many animals arrive to the shelter in rough shape. Hobbes was adopted 2 years ago from an abusive home.

"We came in and we saw the condition he was in, and I knew I couldn't leave him there. He was bleeding from a bunch of places and I knew if he was going to get better I was going to be one of the people to help him," said Bruce Zeman of New Haven.

Betsy and Bailey are two generations of ACHS.

"She had spent her life tied up under a porch," said Margaret Eagan of Middlebury.

The Eagan family volunteer at the shelter and took in Bailey in as a foster. After two weeks they say they fell in love with her.

"They said she could be early pregnancy so the vet said we better check this out. Sure enough she was pregnant. We asked how many puppies? Well her x-ray shows it is going to be a bunch. Two weeks later we found out a bunch is ten," said Eagan.

Shelter staff say it is encouraging to see so many survival stories, but say there are many more cats and dogs that need rescuing.

Molly Smith - WCAX-TV


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