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Junior Grangers Donate to Dog Shelter

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The Huntsburg Junior Grangers visited the Geauga County Dog Shelter in Chardon on Dec. 2 to deliver dog toys they made and dog treats they collected. The toys will be handed out to families that adopt dogs. Every adopted animal receives a care package with dog treats, toys, food and other items.

The Junior Grangers visit included a tour of the shelter and the outside fenced in area where the dogs can run for exercise. Although they were not able to go into the pens, they had fun and enjoyed interacting with the dogs outside.  They learned that this shelter has placed over 100 dogs in new homes this past year. The modest adoption fee includes dog license, a shot, and a free medical and worm check by a Geauga County veterinarian.

The Geauga County Dog Warden’s office picks up stray dogs and responds to complaints. Once in the shelter, care is provided until a dog is reclaimed by their owner or a new forever home is found.

For another community project, the Junior Grangers asked for donations of books to be distributed at a homeless shelter.  At last count, over 100 books had been collected and handmade bookmarks were included with each one.  Because of the busy Christmas season, those books will be delivered after the holiday, sometime in February.

Leader Chris Lanstrum and the Junior Granger kids want to thank everyone who has helped with community projects in 2017. For 2018, craft contests will use recycled household items including buttons, CD’s, and gallon plastic drink jugs that the Junior Grangers are collecting now.

Boys and girls ages 5 through 14 are eligible to join the Junior Grange. Activities are designed to encourage Junior Grange members to develop their leadership potential. To learn how to become a Huntsburg Junior Grange member, contact Chris Lanstrum at 440-548-5577 or clanstrum@bentronix.com.

Individuals and groups can schedule a visit to the Geauga County Dog Shelter, 12513 Merritt Road in Chardon, by calling 440-279-2180.

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