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This MARIE (from Thomaston, ME) OPEN WIDE THE DOOR (OWTD) "In-Depth" VIDEO conversation, "A Win-Win Situation," features dog-trainer Marie Finnegan and Humane Society of Knox County shelter dogs plus inmate-dog handlers of Bolduc Correctional Facility and Maine State Prison.

Says Marie: "I'm very proud of this program because it's just done so much for so many . . . I think it's the thing I'm most proud of that I've been doing right now. I'm grateful I got to be a part of the program. It's just --- It's just -- very rewarding."


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This MATT (from Rockland, ME) OPEN WIDE THE DOOR (OWTD) "On the Spot" VIDEO conversation features Frankie whom Matt (and his wife, Rachel) adopted from the Humane Society of Knox County in Thomaston, ME. Frankie, formerly known as Violet had been trained, for weeks, by inmates during her stay at Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren, ME.

Says Matt: "My heart went out to her. She was afraid of everything. It took a lot of patience, just meeting her where she was at the time. But it was worth it. She's come incredibly far. She's a sweetheart."


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This SHAY (from Ellsworth, ME) OPEN WIDE THE DOOR (OWTD) "On the Spot" VIDEO conversation features a woman whose love for dogs and cats was inspired by her mother's love for animals, a love Shay passed on to her own daughters.

Shay speaks of one of her rescue cats: "He was so nervous. I tucked him in [against me]. And i said to him 'It's okay, Honey Boy. It's okay.' [Shay makes a stroking motion and smiles slowly.] And he fell right to sleep. I think we bonded in that moment."


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This DEVOTED TO PARROTS and Cats OWTD In-Depth VIDEO conversation features a harmony of six parrots and four cats who live with their humans, David and Lily, in southern Maine. Sometimes noisy, this harmony. Invariably complex. The relationships are very much more than the sum of their parts. I will not forget the time spent with this true family and never see parrots in the same way again. Such wise and compassionate dedication is rare.

Says David during our conversation:_"For me the most important thing is really knowing what you're getting into--thinking about it, paying attention. Know the details. These are thinking, feeling intelligent beings. They can quickly grow bonds with people, just like a child. . ."

Lily: "When an animal needs something and you can fulfill it, you feel connected to the universe in ways that are worth [the challenges].


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This ANDY IN STONINGTON MAINE (OWTD) On The Spot VIDEO conversation with maggie davis features Andy Gove, a fisherman in his late eighties who adopted the dog of his dreams.

Andy said when we spoke together: "Some older folks worry too much they can't take care of a dog. They're afraid they can't do this or that. . . I don't let it bother me."


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This HELEN (from Ellsworth, ME) OPEN WIDE THE DOOR (OWTD) "On the Spot" VIDEO features Helen who does not shy away from welcoming in animals another might label "difficult" or even "impossible" when speaking about their chances for adoption.

Helen speaks about her foster dog Roscoe:
"The first night I got bitten one or two times. But even that night he started to settle down . . . It was really amazing how quickly that began to turn around. . . Within a week, he became the most lovable dog."


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This CORRY (from Unity, ME) OPEN WIDE THE DOOR (OWTD) "On the Spot" VIDEO conversation features Three Guinea Hens who found refuge at Corry's alpaca farm in Unity, ME in a most unusual way.

Says Corry: "We love them. We never imagined we'd have birds. . . . That wasn't part of the plan . . . Now we can't imagine being without them."


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This HEIDI (from Hampden, ME) OPEN WIDE THE DOOR (OWTD) In Depth VIDEO conversation with maggie features a family who took on a challenge that most folks wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole--offering sanctuary to a dog with a leaking urine syndrome.

Heidi had this to say about Charlotte and her troubles: "It's not her fault. We might get stressed--and have to take a few extra steps--but she's not doing it on purpose. She loves us just the same and we give that love back to her."


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This CHRISTINE (from Ellsworth, ME) OPEN WIDE THE DOOR (OWTD) On the Spot VIDEO conversation with maggie davis features a woman whose animals seem to appear in her life just so she can help them and welcome them in.

Chris had been allergic to cats until, as if it were meant to be, a black kitten came down from a tree, straight into her arms -- this, on Mother's Day. The second part of this surprise? No allergies! The only reaction was love.

"Adopt!" Chris says. "Save them!"


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This PENNY from Deer isle OPEN WIDE THE DOOR (OWTD) In Depth VIDEO conversation with maggie davis features a woman who, with all good heart, says what she thinks (what a variety of animal fosterers and adopters surely think though keeping their opinions to themselves) regarding animal adoption .

Penny had this to say about the animals she cares for: "I want them to feel safe and loved. But I also want them to feel they've had a life --- that they've DONE some things -- like all of us.."


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This ANGEL in Maine (OWTD) In-Depth AUDIO conversation features Angel, a senior so committed to nine dogs she'd rescued in Maryland (anxious dogs who remained unadoptable), she brought the dogs to Maine when she retired here, (along with one cat and a macaw).

Said Angel when we spoke together: "I'm happy to do a lot for dogs because during many junctures in a long and complicated life, they've kept me sane. It seemed paying back was a real good idea.”


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This SELINA (from Clifton, ME) OPEN WIDE THE DOOR (OWTD) On the Spot VIDEO conversation features a woman who, with the help of her husband, fosters dogs from the south.

Says Selina: "Years ago a guy told me that if I wanted to foster, I had to make sure I wasn't going to "fall in love."

Setting her mind, she didn't, unlike many who"fall in love" at once with rescue animals, winding up as "failed fosterers":)

Surely, when fostering or adopting is embraced with great heart, each path shines with remarkable worth.

 


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This FORGOTTEN FELINES/DOWNEAST MAINE (OWTD) In-Depth VIDEO conversation celebrates a Forgotten Felines adoption event in Ellsworth, Maine held for the benefit of local feral cats.

Pam says: "We provide the food . . . the litterboxes and the cage to put [the cat(s) in. You can foster as many as you'd like for as long as you'd like. What we need the foster homes to do is provide love."


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This EDIE from RANDOLPH, VT (OWTD) On The Spot VIDEO conversation with maggie davis features Edie Reynolda,, a woman in her late eighties who rescued and nurtured a horse and a dog, totally at risk, who "gave back" by helping others in need.

Speaking of hers and other rescue animals:
"Just love them and they'll love you back."


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This DAVID & LORNA (from Milbridge, ME) OPEN WIDE THE DOOR (OWTD) "On the Spot" VIDEO conversation features an abandoned little white dog named Taz who found refuge with David and Lorna moments before he was to be whisked away.

Says Lorna: "The best thing to do is adopt an animal. They need us more than we need them."


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This AMANDA from Ellsworth, ME (OWTD) On The Spot VIDEO conversation with maggie davis fatures Amanda Ochs who, with her housemate, Lindsay, cares for one husky and one husky mix, Amanda rescued when the dogs showed up in her life.

Say Amanda and her apartment-mate, Lindsay: "Our dogs have separation anxiety, but we would never get rid of them. . . If you have a kid and he did something wrong you wouldn't give him up.".


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This GLORIA (from Blue Hill, ME) OPEN WIDE THE DOOR (OWTD) "On the Spot" VIDEO conversation features Gloria speaking of members of her family who, over the years, have welcomed animals in need into their homes.

Says Gloria regarding a mother and her last kitten in a local shelter: "I couldn't separate them. (She chuckles, remembering) So . . . I took them both."


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This KATHLEEN CARES FOR 16 CATS (OWTD) In-Depth AUDIO conversation features KATHLEEN who, responsibly, cat by cat, happily shelters many, gladly including those with special needs.

Kathleen told me when I asked if she sets limits:
"I find that sixteen is a good number for my house, but I have gone over it when there was a cat in need.[Do you foster as well?] No. I can't foster. I keep what I foster:)"


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This Dr. JOAN from Penobscot, ME OPEN WIDE THE DOOR (OWTD) In Depth VIDEO conversation features a veterinarian who looks at animals and sees much more than most.

Says Joan, speaking of dogs: "I guess it's knowing we have so much to learn from them and we should respect that and give it back and they'll just bring so much joy. They're not just little fuzzy thiings that wag their tails. They deserve to be heard ... and honored. Their communication is so fine tunded, and ours is so crude. [laughter] We really have to learn from them if we want them to get along with us in OUR world."


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This GRETCHEN (from  East Blue Hill, ME) OPEN WIDE THE DOOR (OWTD) "On the Spot" VIDEO conversation features Gretchen who, one by one, with her family, rescued three little dogs from beyond USA borders and welcomed them in to her home in Maine.

Says Gretchen, with emotion, speaking of her current little dog: "I love her to death! She's my best friend."


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This NANCY in JACKSON, ME (OWTD) In-Depth VIDEO conversation features a senior whose mix of formerly at risk cats and dogs and endangered sheep thrive under her good care.

Says Nancy: "In my world, death is a part of life. and to give up because one of my animals has died would be brutally sad . . . [What has surprised you about all this?} The depth of my compassion."


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This DIANE FOSTERS DOGS & CATS (OWTD) In-Depth AUDIO conversation features a generous woman who, gladly and with confidence, welcomes in animals in need in her Downeast Maine community.

Says Diane: "I've been fostering and saving pets ever since I was a little kid and it just keeps getting more important to me to find homes for pets, on my own and through networking with people. I'd love to have kept all of them..."


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Nellie of Downeast Maine cares for animals, as well as for elders in a residential care home. A great spirit!

While we talked together, she said she'd be willing to foster an animal in an emergency. "Everyone needs a home."


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This ROBERTA ADOPTS SHELTER CATS (OWTD) On the Spot VIDEO conversation features ROBERTA, teacher of special needs children and caregiver of older cats.

Says Roberta, regarding the possibility of returning a cat she's welcomed in:
"Never. Once you take them home they're part of your family. And there they are -- you don't return your kids :) even though they may not be fun some days [laughter].


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This PAULA from Mariaville, ME OPEN WIDE THE DOOR (OWTD) On the Spot AUDIO conversation features Paula who would never return an animal she's adopted.

Says Paula: " I love animals. I've always had animals. I'd do anything FOR any animal. . . . Animals deserve the best homes they can possibly have."


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This OWTD On the Spot AUDIO conversation features George, a former Marine. George sees animals differently from how he once saw them. Listening to him tell his story, you can tell at once how deeply he cares.

George told me: "They just want love, unconditional love. 'Just show me you love me, and I'll do the same for you.' That's it in a nutshell . . . right there."


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This OWTD On the Spot VIDEO conversation features Sherman who, if he weren't going blind, would take in more animals. Despite the twinkle in his eyes when he speaks, you can see on Sherman's face that he means it.

Said Sherman when we spoke briefly: "I'm going blind. I just can't see good. And I can't take care of them good. . . I used to take in lots of animals years ago."


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During this OWTD On the Spot VIDEO conversation, what impressed me about Brad is his willingness to respond to all breeds of animals in need who find him/he finds. Many individuals find reasons not to respond. Brad isn't one of them.

Said Brad when we spoke together: " . . . always loved animals ever since I was a kid. It was mainly the fact of having someone who cares about you --essentially someone there you know is your friend."


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This CHASE from Surry, ME OPEN WIDE THE DOOR On the Spot VIDEO conversation with maggie davis features a young woman, vulnerable herself, who's reached out to animals even more vulnerable.

Chase told me: "Rescue animals are really good at knowing when something's wrong becaause they've been through alot."


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This DR JODY'S THIRD CAT (OWTD) On the Spot VIDEO conversation features JODY, a chiropractor in Stonington, ME, who wasn't looking for a third cat till Stormy found him and his family.

Dr Jody: "We're very happy with all the animals we have. They've been life fulfilling."


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This Ellen from Bucksport On the Spot video features Ellen who has welcomed in animals all of her life and intends to keep doing that.

Ellen told me: "I'd have a house full of cats and dogs. When one leaves this earth and you've helped it and lived with it and loved it, it's time for another one. . . "


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In our OWTD On the Spot AUDIO conversation, Susan told me that she and her husband live in an apartment in Bangor (ME). They rescue animals now, though once they bought a dog. Susan and I met in the oral surgeon's office in Ellsworth where Susan works.

Said Susan when we spoke: "If we had more room, I'd have more animals."


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This JANICE FROM DOWNEAST MAINE (OWTD) On the Spot VIDEO presentation features Janice, former member of a working board of individuals committed to animal rescue in their downeast Maine towns.

Said Janice when we spoke together: "Some of the dogs we've had were frightened of their own shadows. . . The rewarding part is to see a rescued animal relax and start to be integrated into your home and enjoy the sweetness of life."

 

 

 

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