Shelburne dog rescue agency celebrates 5th birthday

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A local animal rescue agency celebrates its fifth birthday…and the hundreds of dogs that it’s helped.

Passion 4 Paws was founded in Shelburne in 2014. It held a birthday party in Burlington Thursday evening at Switchback Brewery.

The group finds local homes for homeless, abandoned, neglected or abused dogs. Most of those dogs are from the state of South Carolina.

“There’s a high number of high-kill shelters in South Carolina, and also because we have our resources set up down there,” board member Katie Anderson said. “We have boarding facilities, we have fosters, we have vetting.”

“Switchback is dog-friendly, and if you look around, you see there’s dogs running around all over the place, and we are a rescue dog operation, so this is the perfect venue,” event and fundraising coordinator Jacki Galenkamp said.

Passion 4 Paws has rescued more than 1,600 dogs so far, an average of nearly one per day.

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