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Friday, December 11, 2009

Close To Home dog rescue thinks local with new approach

'Tis the season for animal rescue start-ups!

Yet Close To Home Rescue will take a different approach to finding dogs new homes, co-founder Amy Quinlan says - its four founders live in three different areas of Northeast Ohio.

"I am about 20 miles north of Youngstown in McDonald, Katie Sojka is in Mentor, as is her mother, Mary Ellen Toll, and finally Terra Weston is in South Euclid," Amy says.

If its application for non-profit status is successful, the group plans to hold events in all three areas while accepting dogs directly from local pounds and puppy mills to help the community directly. Already it has begun the rehab and re-home process for four dogs, Amy said.

"Ohio is the third worst state as far as lack of laws for our animals, and also in deplorable conditions for puppy mills," Amy said. "So often people do not realize when they send money to the larger corporations, which do a great job; however, their money is leaving our area and our animals in Northeast Ohio communities behind. It is our hope that we can help dogs and cats in Ohio pounds, shelters, and puppy mills, and at the same time educate the public on the lack of Ohio laws and the deplorable conditions of Ohio's puppy mill industry."

Close To Home should be on soon. Meanwhile Amy can be reached at 330-718-4771 or

-- Sandra M. Klepach,


Blogger rescueme said...

Always glad to welcome a new and reputable rescue. Love the new ideas and energy and especially that you are dedicated to helping the dogs in Ohio FIRST. Sadly Ohio is one of the leading puppy mill states in the country and until legislation is passed the need to help the puppy mill survivors in Ohio is overwhelming. Welcome - we can use the help - and best of luck!

Martha Leary
Star-Mar Rescue
Wooster, Oh.

December 12, 2009 at 2:49 PM 
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