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Contributors: Rae Lynn Benson, Wendy Gerky, Chery Ann Weatherell, Jennifer Wells, The Livingston Enterprise, The Great Falls Tribune
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|2003-2004 Montana 4-H Clover
Making peace for pups' sake
Teens help bring their community together for animal shelter
4-H'ers Amanda and Jessica Shotzberger and Chelsie Gilder stayed cool-headed when their community was heated up over a difficult issue.
For several months in the spring of 2002, disputes about the treatment of animals at the Lincoln County shelter boiled over into county commission meetings and local newspapers.
The three 4-H'ers decided they wanted to help solve this problem. Their immediate goal was to provide a bridge between the citizens concerned for the well-being of the animals and the county employees overseeing the shelter.
Amanda, Jessica and Chelsie organized a town meeting to help the two sides find some common ground. "Our objective is to get people together who want to help and to show what volunteering can do," said Amanda.
The teens succeeded. Not only did they find grant money to improve the facility and help create a web-based adoption program, they also raised money for dog food and spay and neuter certificates, and encouraged volunteers to work together to create a more positive environment for pets as well as people.
by Rae Lynn Benson
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