Homeward Bound

MIDDLEBURY — Competing with movie mega-plexes for viewers can be challenging for small community theaters like Middlebury’s Marquis. But owner Ben Wells is more than holding his own, thanks to a formula that includes working with local businesses and nonprofits to secure small independent films that shine a light on — and generate revenue for — environmental and social issues. These so-called “one-off Wednesday” screenings allow the Marquis to showcase thought-provoking material that has a local following beyond the traditional blockbusters. “There are a lot of the smaller independent films...

PORTER MEDICAL CENTER’S Suzanne Peterson, president Seleem Choudhury and Sue Spitzner will be among the 80 Porter employees to join Woofstock in Middlebury on Saturday, Sept. 14. Photo courtesy Porter Medical Center
MIDDLEBURY – Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, is gearing up for its annual Walk for the Animals, affectionately called “Woofstock.” The walk takes place on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Middlebury and is the shelter’s only annual, large-scale fundraiser. Last year, Woofstock drew just over 100 dogs and 150 walkers. This year, thanks to the UVM Health Network/Porter Medical Center community, there will be many new faces at the Walk. There are currently over 80 Porter staff and family members signed up to participate. “We are blown away at the enthusiasm of the Porter employees for...

MILO DIPPEL RECENTLY received a Youth4Youth grant from Vermont Afterschool to create a rabbit adoption and drop-off agency. He is hoping to find a home for Ariel, who he has been fostering for Homeward Bound. Photo courtesy Homeward Bound
MIDDLEBURY — Thirteen-year-old Milo Dippel, a rising 8th-Grader at the Vermont Day School, is now managing a $3,000 grant. Dippel was awarded the Youth4Youth funds through Vermont Afterschool to support his idea to create a Rabbit Adoption and Drop off Agency. Dippel’s was one of 43 proposals from across the state in the first-ever Vermont Youth4Youth Grant competition. There were 714 votes cast from young Vermonters and Dippel’s Rabbit Adoption and Drop off Agency project was one of the top seven projects. Over the summer, Dippel has been fostering three of Homeward Bound’s bunnies: Ariel,...
Dear Homeward Bound, I’ve been hearing a lot about blue-green algae these days and how it can be dangerous to dogs. What is it and why is it dangerous? Curious Dear Curious, There are lots of reports of this scary phenomenon these days. We did some research to find out some more information for you and learned that the “algae” is not actually a type of algae but a bacteria known as cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria isn’t visible to the naked eye, but it often gives the appearance of algae when it clumps together in bodies of water. This bacteria is often found in non-flowing freshwater during hot...
MIDDLEBURY – Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, is partnering with Vermont Spay/Neuter (VSN), a low-cost clinic housed at Affectionately Cats in Williston, to provide pet owners with access to affordable spay/neuter services for cats. The clinic is offered on Wednesdays. Homeward Bound has arranged to transport cats from Addison County on July 17 and Aug. 7. With the free transport, cats in need of being spayed or neutered will be taken to Affectionately Cats for the procedure The cat taxi is able to hold up to 10 cats per trip. The fee for each spay/neuter is $75/per cat....
Dear Homeward Bound, I don’t know if you can answer this but I am wondering when you know when the time has come to say good-bye to a pet. Our family dog, Linus, is 14 and he’s on a lot of medicine to treat different health issues he has. He seems happy but I’m worried that he’s hiding how he feels. I don’t want him to suffer. Heartbroken Dear Heartbroken, Thank you for asking this important question. I am not sure there is a right answer and I think the best answer is different for everyone but here are some thoughts that may help you. At this time in your relationship with Linus, I think it...

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