Recent Accomplishments for Helping Animals
- Organized and facilitated many wildlife rescues across the state involving chipmunks, squirrels, ducklings, rabbits, mice and a variety of birds. In addition, we aided in locating several lost/escaped dogs and cats.
- GMAD continues to run educational events through tabling on Church Street, bringing to light all sorts of animal protection issues from the importance of spay/neuter programs, to the cruelty involved in the fur and garment industry
- Monitored state fairs to ensure that live animals were not awarded as prizes where prohibited by Vermont state law
- Organized a state-wide campaign that helped ensure criminal charges were brought after the Bushway slaughterhouse investigation. Aided in the launch of legislation that increases the penalties for violations of Vermont’s Humane Methods of Slaughter Act
- With the help of Merchants Bank and Petfood Warehouse, we continue to sponsor wildly successful petfood drives, collecting over a ton of food for local foodshelves
- In 2010, GMAD subsidized low-cost spay and neuter for 416 cats and 32 dogs, in large part through the efforts of long-time volunteer, Lindsey Deon’s, “Mile of Money” campaign. With the invaluable help of Pat Cram, Lindsey spearheaded this fundraiser.
- Continue to work with Students for True Animal Rights (STAR) at UVM
- An ordinance was passed preventing the display of exotic animals in Burlington.
- Donated $1500 for surgical supplies to VT-CAN, a low cost spay-neuter clinic in Middlesex, VT.
- Raised and donated over $4000 in total to aid 16 dogs and cats seized in recent investigations from an East Montpelier home as well as the severely neglected cats that were seized from an abandoned home in South Ryegate.
- Monitor and submit written comments to the Vermont Livestock Care Advisory Council, a newly created committee that advises the Agency of Agriculture and the Legislature on all matters that impact the treatment of farmed animals.
- Organized several demonstrations, a letter-writing campaign and media coverage in opposition to the Champlain Valley Fair’s engagement of the Nerger Lion and Tiger Act.
- Helped set up, and continue to sponsor the Vermont Animal Cruelty Reporting Hotline - 1-877-9-HUMANE