Valley News – Forum, December 30: Your donations can help rescued dogs stay rescued

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Posted: 12/29/2021 22: 00: 32 PM

Modified: 12/29/2021 22:00:05

Your Donations Can Help Rescued Dogs Stay Saved

Families and their children who welcomed and loved the dogs recently rescued from a puppy mill by Vermont State Police and local aid companies have been ordered to return the dogs to the breeder. This is devastating news. Thousands of dollars have been spent on medical care, food and supplies, which will not be reimbursed to families or relief organizations under the ruling.

We implore your help. Consider a contribution to help families purchase these dogs, rather than returning them. As frustrating as it can be, this is the only way to ensure that dogs will stay in homes where there is mutual love. They were sold for $ 1,000, cash. The families and aid organizations who took in these dogs did so out of compassion and empathy, knowing it was the right thing to do, but it cost them dearly. The goal is to raise $ 20,000, which can be prudent when the costs are accounted for. Donations are tax deductible and all funds will be used to ensure the dogs are not returned to a location that is unlikely to be better than where they were rescued.

Vermont Volunteer Services for Animals Humane Society has a designated fund for this effort. Gifts are tax deductible. Checks can be mailed to: VVSA, PO Box 100, Bridgewater, VT 05034. Please note “German Shepherd Rescue” on the check.

In the true spirit of the season, thank you in advance. Know that this will be one of the most treasured gifts one can receive, for both two-legged and four-legged family members.

Remember: before buying an animal, make sure the breeder is legitimate. Websites are often glorified advertisements and do not reflect the reality of the situation. Consider adopting from an established animal shelter. These animals yearn for a loving family.

SUE SKAKIW

Bridgewater

The writer is executive director of Vermont Volunteer Services for Animals Humane Society.

An abuse of power by the NH Executive Council

In my opinion, the four Republicans on the New Hampshire Executive Council violated the First Amendment Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution. To say that they voted to deny funding to Planned Parenthood and two other family planning clinics on partisan lines does not explain what their real intention was. They denied families low-cost contraception and health care by allowing their zealous religious beliefs against abortion to influence state policy decisions.

In Grafton County, the Executive Councilor for District 1 is Joe Kenney. He put his faith before the health of the thousands of people who depend on these clinics. It is a despicable use of his power.

SHARON RACUSIN

Hanover

President Biden’s Controlled Demolition of America

President Joe Biden is a wrecking ball, leader of the “America Last” movement and a puppet of the Great Reset global agenda. They call it Build Back Better, which I guess means everything has to be destroyed in order to rebuild it; probably different, but probably for the better.

Be it immigration, supply chain, national energy, foreign policy, education, employment, military, urban crime, budget, illegal and immoral mandates, I think this man represents the subversion of virtually all American interests. It seems to me like an all-out war on freedom, sanity, security and social order. His approval rating has yet to drop to zero, but one has to wonder why. There will be a gigantic political backlash against this controlled demolition.

NEIL MELIMENT

Hartland

The swan song of the Titanic

The claim by forum contributor William A. Wittik (“Waking up” has real and moral costs, “December 23) that the Titanic band performed Closer to you my god because the ship sank is, if not apocryphal, at least the subject of debate.

THEODORE POGACAR

Thetford Center

Brighten up the holidays

The Upper Valley had several towns that held Christmas light contests with prizes for the winners through a voting system. I just want to say that any household or business that added Christmas lights to the contest (or not) are all winners!

All the lights, from Claremont to Hartland, from Windsor to Wilder to Randolph, have brought joy and joy to so many people, especially in this anxious and troubled time in which we all live. I just want to thank all the luminous witnesses of the “extraordinary” holidays for the extra efforts made to bring joy to our communities. It was greatly appreciated.

ROBIN BURDETTE

White river junction

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