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‘Friends for Life’ finds homes for stray dogs

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Above, Friends for Life volunteer Kevin Gentry holds a stray dog at the Middlesex County Animal Shelter. Friends for Life raises funds to spay and neuter dogs so they are more desirable for adoption. (Photo by Larry Chowning)
by Larry S. Chowning

Several years ago the organization “Friends for Life” was founded in an effort to find more homes for stray dogs in Middlesex County. The program has grown over the past few years and today is very active in raising funds to protect animals.

“At the Middlesex Animal Shelter we were concerned that so many dogs were having to be euthanized in the county because we could not find homes for them,” said assistant county administrator Marcia Jones.  “So, a group of us started ‘Friends for Life.’

“We use the funds raised through Friends for Life to give medical treatment to injured animals and to have them spayed and neutered,” she said. 

Jones said that animal rescue leagues and humane societies often will not take dogs that are not spayed or neutered. “The money made through Friends for Life is used to make our dogs adoptable,” she said. 

She also noted that program funds are not used to pay for any expenses at the county animal shelter. “Every penny is used for the animals.”

The group has held car washes, bake sales, and sold T-shirts at Family Fun Day in Urbanna and Wings and Wheels in Topping. The non-profit organization also has received memorial gifts from citizens who believe it is a noble cause to find homes for dogs.

“Everything we do is for the animals,” said Jones. “When they are turned away from their homes, they are helpless to look after themselves. Members of Friends for Life feel a responsibility to find them good homes.

“We have some wonderful dogs at the Middlesex Animal Shelter and they deserve to have a good home,” she said.

For further information on Friends for Life, contact Marcia Jones or Betty Muncy at 758-4330. 

posted 10.07.2009

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