Animal Control Officer
Attention Dog Owners:
Dog licenses are due by January 1st each year. A $25.00 late fee will be charged beginning February 1st for all unlicensed dogs. Bring your spay/neutering certificate if you are licensing your dog for the first time; a current rabies certificate is also required. Fees: $6.00 for spayed/neutered dog; $11.00 for all others.
– DONATIONS WANTED
The Dixfield Town Office accepts donations for our local cat whisperers, Brenda Jarvis and Caddie Smith.
• canned food
• dry food
• kitty litter
• kitty treats
• and monetary donations. Your donations make a huge difference in the lives of the many kitties in Dixfield that need your help. You can drop off your items at the Dixfield Town Office or mail to Town of Dixfield, PO Box 808, Dixfield, ME 04224-0808. We appreciate all donations, large or small.
River Valley Animal Advocates Formed
The River Valley Animal Advocates, a non-profit animal welfare group, held its organizational meeting on Thursday evening, November 19, 2009, at the “Kitty” house–of one of Dixfield’s most ardent animal lovers, Brenda Jarvis. Becky McDonald of Canton headed up the meeting with approximately 15-20 local area residents in attendance. The RVAA group got their 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status February 5, 2010.
The current board of directors for the River Valley Animal Advocates (elected at the Annual Meeting Oct. 23, 2016) is as follows:
Becky McDonald, Donna Rowe, Cindy Archibald, Doleen Goodrow-Boyce, Christle Alexander, DeAnn DeBaets (legal council), Caryl Edwards, Joanne Carver, and Devon Bissell.
Election of Officers:
President: Becky McDonald
Vice President: Joanne Carver
Secretary: Doleen Goodrow-Boyce
Treasurer: Donna Rowe
The group meets on the second Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m. at Dixfield Fire Station (rear). The yearly Annual Meeting is also held at the Dixfield Fire Station.
The RVAA serves towns in the greater River Valley through three, new projects:
Feral Cats – “Catch and Release Program” (as well as feeding)
Therapy Dogs – Certification Program
Helping the Elderly, Low Income, or Disabled Pet Owner with spay/neuter for their cats
Fundraising projects will be held throughout the area to help with the various needs of animals in the greater River Valley area. If you would like to join this group to help all animals, please contact Becky McDonald at 597-2323. Your help, time, money and compassion are needed to meet the many challenges that face some of our furry friends through abandonment, abuse, or sometimes relocation. Won’t you help today?
The RVAA has helped over 1000 local cats to be spayed/neutered/rabies shots since 2009. 195 of them were from Dixfield. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that a pair of cats could produce 42,000 cats in six years, the ASPCA estimates that one cat can be responsible for 74 cats in one year. We figure it on a female producing 15 kittens per year and the cumulative total of kittens that could have been born in Dixfield from the 104 females that we have helped spay from this town is 7,120 potentially homeless kittens. In 2014 we were awarded a $10,000 grant from the Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund for spay/neuter equipment and supplies. We currently hold spay/neuter clinics in Canton monthly using this equipment with Don McLean, DVM doing surgery. The Cleo Fund through the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk is currently targeting animals in Oxford county for spay/neuter. Low income people can get vouchers with a $20 co-pay and feral kitties are done for free. For more information on spay/neuter please call Becky 357-2666. This program will only be active until Oct. 2017 and we have a waiting list for spots at our clinic. Transportation from the local towns is also provided by the RVAA.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
RIVER VALLEY ANIMAL ADVOCATES!
Congratulations are in order to the RVAA who won a $1,000 prize from the “Community Matters More”–a program sponsored by the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation. Over 90,000 ballots were cast throughout the State for non-profit organizations who do so much for the communities they serve. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for this important, fledgling group. The money will certainly help many animals in the River Valley area.