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Pets share holiday joy

MIDDLEBURYThe Addison County Humane Society will celebrate pets this holiday season with the annual lighting of the Lights of Love on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the animal shelter on Boardman Street in Middlebury. At the Addison County Humane Society, we have a special way to honor the wonderful animals in our lives called Lights of Love. For a donation of $3 we will illuminate a colored light honoring a family pet or a white light memorializing a pet that has passed on. These lights of love are displayed at the Shelter on Boardman Street for all to see. On Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m., the Lights of Love will be lit during a ceremony and open house. The public is invited to join us for hot cocoa and snacks, a crackling bonfire, and a round of Holiday carols. The ACHS Cat and Dog mascots will be present to meet and greet the kids. The Addison County Humane Society serves Addison County by taking in stray and homeless animals, providing temporary shelter and care, and placing these animals into lifelong, loving homes. Weve served this community since 1975 and provide shelter and placement to hundreds of animals every year. According to Jackie Rose, J.D., M.S., the societys new executive director, We are a no-kill shelter, meaning we do not euthanize animals for space, and ensure every adoptable animal a permanent home. We typically operate substantially above capacity because there are so many animals that need our help. Our work, however, does not end here. Humane education, the coordination of animal cruelty investigations, and spay\Neuter programs are critical in our efforts to address Addison Countys pet overpopulation problem and improve companion animal welfare. For more information or to order your Lights of Love, please visit: http://www.addisonhumane.org or call ACHS at 802-388-1100, or send e-mail to: shelter@addisonhumane.org .

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