Letter: Our dog shelter
I’ve been without a dog since last May, when my wonderful Gus-dog went to live beneath the big forsythia bush. In October, I took a trip to Scotland; this May I got a new knee. So the time was right for a new dog. I had heard really wonderful comments about the new Franklin County Dog Pound, so about eight weeks ago I called them, then stopped by to see the dogs that were available for adoption. I was warmly greeted by all those I met and saw a number of dogs, none that were exactly what I was looking for, although I thought I didn’t have many requirements. To make a long story short, after three more visits, about four weeks ago, I began to foster a dog that I’ve mentally adopted. I didn’t realize how much I missed having a dog until I had another one around. A good dog is a very special companion — unconditional love is wonderful.
I relate this because ALL county residents should be aware and very proud of the special asset that is the 12-town regional shelter — Franklin County Sheriff’s Regional Dog Control and Adoption Center that opened on Sandy Lane in Turners Falls Nov. 8, 2012. Officer Leslee Colucci is in charge and doing an incredible job. She is backed up by an amazing group of dog-and-people-friendly volunteers, some of whom come on their lunch break to walk dogs. Leslee, as well as the volunteers, are dedicated to making sure the right dog is matched with the right person. And dogs surrendered by their owners, as well as strays, are given an enormous amount of individual time and care.
For all you animal lovers, there will be a buffet and silent auction at the Deerfield Inn Saturday, July 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and the proceeds will benefit the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter.