On February 25th, well over 60 dogs and a few cats were rescued from a home in Eden, Vermont. An unprecedented coordination of area non-profit rescues - North Country Animal League, Spring Hill Rescue, Central Vermont Humane Society and Humane Society of Chittenden County - plus dozens of individuals and veterinarians, under the leadership of the Vermont State Police and Humane Society of the US - freed these animals from deplorable conditions. Nearly all were living in their own excrement and severely malnourished and dehydrated.
I watched the entire situation unfold on my Facebook news feed that morning and over the subsequent days. Words can't express how proud I was to watch my community come together to help these abused animals. They were initially taken to a confidential space to be assessed and as soon as they expressed a need for something on social media, animal lovers and local businesses stepped up and supplied it immediately. A Go Fund Me page was set up and nearly $20,000 days was raised in the first 48 hours.
I'm happy to say that as of today, arrests have been made and charges filed for animal cruelty, and many of the animals, which were sent to various rescues in Vermont and New Hampshire, have already been adopted. So many lives were saved thanks to the tireless efforts of some pretty incredible people.
I know that many of my cat blogging friends are huge fans of the made in Vermont Tipsy Nip Tickle Pickle. To help raise money for the various spay/neuter, vaccinations, dental work and surgeries that these animals needed, Tipsy Nip created the limited edition Second Chance Tickle Pickle, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Humane Society of Chittenden County for the animals in their care from the Eden rescue. In one weekend alone nearly 200 were purchased!
I was able to get my hands on a few of these little hot commodities. Truffles got one (of course) and I have two more to give away today. Just leave a comment with your email address and I will use Random.org to pick two winners on Monday, April 20th. Since they fit in small envelopes I will ship anywhere in the world, too :)