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Local Humane Society seeks volunteers

Linda Hunter, executive director of the Humane Society at HappyPaws Farm, plays with Stevens, a 6-year-old Labrador-pointer mix who was hit by a car before he came to HappyPaws.  He suffers from nerve damage and arthritis in his legs and is on pain medication twice a day. -
Linda Hunter, executive director of the Humane Society at HappyPaws Farm, plays with Stevens, a 6-year-old Labrador-pointer mix who was hit by a car before he came to HappyPaws. He suffers from nerve damage and arthritis in his legs and is on pain medication twice a day.
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ARLINGTON The all-volunteer Humane Society of Arlington is looking for a few more volunteers to help run their operations and raise funds for their non-profit, no-kill HappyPaws Farm animal sanctuary.
Linda Hunter, executive director of the Humane Society at HappyPaws Farm, explained that volunteers are needed not only to provide weekend and long-term foster homes for animals, but also to coordinate vehicle donations, update the groups Internet sites and schedule the work of other volunteers.
Volunteers are also needed to help with painting, cutting grass, maintenance, cleaning and office work, Hunter said. We also run a low-income dog food bank, and someone to move dog food and find dog food donations would be very welcomed.
HappyPaws Farm is located at 19933 Old Burn Road in Arlington, and currently houses 10 animals on seven acres of property, although its facilities have capacity for up to 25 animals.
We always have at least one person on the property at all times, said volunteer Genese Harney. We have walking paths for the dogs, but theyre all fenced in at night. Inside, they have light and heat and blankets. Their runs here are bigger than most yards.
Some dogs come to HappyPaws Farm from pet owners who can no longer care for them, such as one pair of dogs whose owner lost his job. Others are either large enough or suffer from severe enough health problems that they are unlikely to be adopted.
Stevens is a 125-pound Labrador-pointer mix, aged about 6 years, Hunter said. He and his brother Newton are both looking for a new home, hopefully together. Natalie Fuller sponsors Stevens by paying for his pain medication each month from her monthly allowance. She pays $20 a month. Stevens was hit by a car before he came to HappyPaws. He suffers from nerve damage and arthritis in his legs and is on pain medication twice a day.
HappyPaws has likewise taken in dogs rescued from Hurricane Katrina, who suffer from a host of other health issues.
At the same time that Hunter hopes to raise funds for a new facility, she and her fellow volunteers are helping pet owners take care of their animals properly, by providing advice and assistance in installing fences and paying for veterinary bills for feral animals and pets with low-income owners.
We get a 50 percent reduction from Dr. Pat Knigge, but we still have to pay the rest, Hunter said. One person found a wild cat with a huge tumor in its head, while another had a low income and a Pomeranian whose teeth were rotten. We paid those vet bills.
Hunter encouraged those interested in volunteering or supporting HappyPaws to contact them by phone at 360-652-5844, via e-mail at hmnsoc@aol.org, or by logging onto their Web site at www.saveourdogs.com.

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