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Girls on the Run helps dogs in need

Observer courtesy photo Jan Ellis-Clements, center, founder of Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets, attended a Girls on the Run practice in Williston recently to collect homemade dog toys created by the Girls on the Run Wednesday/Friday team.
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Jan Ellis-Clements, center, founder of Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets, attended a Girls on the Run practice in Williston recently to collect homemade dog toys created by the Girls on the Run Wednesday/Friday team.

When Williston Central School’s Girls on the Run Wednesday/Friday team set its sights on community service, the girls first identified the population they wanted to help: local dogs in need.

Coach Nicole Morris read about a volunteer opportunity working for Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets and contacted founder Jan Ellis-Clements. She said the organization was in need of homemade chew toys for dogs.

The Williston girls collected old T-shirts, socks and tennis balls and spent one of their afterschool sessions creating toys for the dogs that Lucy’s House serves.

Ellis-Clements came to collect the toys and taught the girls about the work she does. Lucy’s House supports pet owners who need help keeping dogs in their homes. The organization provides medicine or procedures that owners can’t afford and offers dog walking services and chew toys.

For more information, email lucyshouseforpets@yahoo.com and visit girlsontherunvermont.org.