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October 21, 2012

How Hard Is It To....Help Animals

SUNBURY — I have met countless individuals since my arrival in the Valley more than two years ago. After visiting Mostly Mutts, I understand why they say “dog is a man’s best friend.”

Mostly Mutts is a no-kill dog shelter and has been around for more than 12 years.

When Cheryl Hill, owner of the shelter, purchased the 13 acres where the shelter is located she only had a few dogs.

She now has near 100 — some of them since the day she opened.

She also has one famous dog who is still recovering after his owners threw her down a 30-foot embankment.

Harper, the now nearly 1-year old pit bull puppy, is still recovering from injuries but came out to visit during our stop at Mostly Mutts.

“She is doing much better,” Hill said. “She has some neurological damage but she is doing much better.”

As we walked around the grounds, Hill showed me the massive workload that must be completed every day.

All the animals are housed on the property and are provided with necessary medical attention to ensure they are in good health before adoption can occur. They are all spayed/neutered, up to date on shots, and given flea/tick and heart worm preventatives. Evaluations are also done for temperament and personality.

“But we need volunteers,” she said. “I am here every day and we have several people stop up and help clean or feed or take the dogs for a walk but we just need so much help.”

Hill said she started Mostly Mutts because she loved dogs since she was a little girl.

“How could you not look at these dogs and just fall in love with them?” she asked. “These dogs all know me by now and I am not afraid to be around any one of them.”

Even “Goliath?” I thought.

“Cheryl, that dog is bigger then me,” I explained. “There is no way I am getting in that cage.”

And I didn’t.

Goliath is a 2-year-old Great Dane German Shepherd mix that when he stands up is about 6-foot-1.

Again, I didn’t get in the cage. But Cheryl did.

“All he will do is lick you to death,” she said. “He loves people.”

So did Jaws, I thought.

To tell you all the truth, and you can see the video at www.dailyitem.com, Cheryl really does need the help.

She has more than 25 varieties of dogs.

And they all bark at once.

She has a 19-year-old poodle and a 10-week-old beagle.

If you love dogs, go help her out. Walk one. Feed one. Take one home.

This lady is amazing and is called when animals are lost or found and need love.

If only she had room for humans!

Call her at 988-6483.

She’ll love to speak with you.

I am not a dog man. I never was. But these guys, especially Harper, got to me.

I never thought I would participate in anything like this, nor did I ever imagine I would actually walk a little cute dog.

I guess I’m just riding life ’til the wheels fall off.

Email comments to fscarcella@dailyitem.com.

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