Franklin County Animal Rescue Holds Raffle on Social Media to Reopen

St. Albans, Vt - A new batch of volunteers from the Franklin County Animal Rescue is taking to social media to help raise funds for the shelter.

If you hop on the Franklin County Animal Rescue's Facebook page, you'll catch a glimpse of these three ladies: Lydia Strider, Eliza Giroux and Chelsea Reed. They're all friends who are trying to raise money for the shelter with Facebook Live raffles.

"We wanted people to see that we're in the background, we're here and we're raising money. But also so they can see that there's no cheating going on, everything is legit," Strider said.

Strider says it was inspired by similar raffles done by the American Cancer Society, a group she worked with. She's now on the resource committee for the rescue.

People bought tickets in April and the raffle is going on all month long. 

"Each week day in the month of May we draw one person to win a cash prize, and it's various cash prizes throughout the month," Strider said.

Giroux and Reed started volunteering for the rescue a few weeks ago, after hearing about it temporarily closing in March.

"We just felt like we needed to do something," Reed said.

Both are animal lovers and wanted to get involved.

"That to me is a huge concern, we can't not have a shelter," Giroux said.

This is the quietest the shelter has ever been. The last animals were relocated this week.

"We've already rescued 47 feral cats, since being closed," Paul Martin, Chairman of the rescue's Board of Directors, said.

Martin says the rescue closed its doors for financial reasons. It had purchased another building, 141 Fairfax Road in St. Albans.

"We had obtained another building and unfortunately we weren't able to maintain both of those buildings," Martin said.

The board of directors, according to Martin, has decided to sell this building. The rescue is also crowd funding online to try to raise $70,000 to upgrade their main facility.

 "Prepping this building at Sunset Meadows the best we can to serve the community, as best we can with what we have here," Martin said.

Despite being closed, volunteers have been hard at work to get the shelter's doors open once again.

"It's kind of fun, and that way we can say thank you to the people who have helped us along the way at the same time," Strider said.

The board of directors is meeting Thursday night. Martin says they will be discussing a timeline to reopen the shelter. They hope to doors open as soon as possible.


More Stories

Don't Miss

  • Made Right, Here
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Don't Miss: Darin' Erin
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Don't Miss: This Place in History
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center