Observer staff report
Local and professional singers, dancers and comics will hit the stage of the Old Brick Church in Williston this weekend to help rescue dogs find loving homes.
Vermont Dog Rescue will host a fundraiser called Cabaret 4 Canines Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and the show starts at 7 p.m.
Timothy James, Stefanie Capizzi and Christopher Hill will join the local lineup.
Founded by former Williston resident Brigitte Thompson, Vermont Rescue Dogs works with a team of volunteers to match dogs with adopters. Since it began in 2015, it has found homes for more than 320 dogs—moving them out of overpopulated, high-kill shelters and into loving homes.
Margie Dunki-Jacobs, a Williston resident and volunteer, said, “We often run out of funds to be more effective, and that is heartbreaking to us, but the joy we experience with the adopters, foster homes and the dogs’ endless kisses greatly outweighs any feelings of discouragement. We just keep going, tirelessly. “
Many of the rescue dogs come from southern states, where spaying and neutering is less common. Many dogs start as strays, and others make it into shelters—where conditions can be little better.
“The harsh truth is dogs are not treated humanely in many situations, and without going into detail, being able to offer them human interaction, a soft voice and a soft bed seems to be all they need to be grateful for life,” Thompson said.
Rescue dogs readily adapt to their new homes, Thompson said.
“Watching a timid dog learn to trust is one of the most moving transitions I have witnessed,” Thompson said. “The metamorphosis of their uncertainty blossoming into relaxed confidence brings tears to my eyes, every time.”
Cabaret 4 Canines tickets are $5, and “Rescue Rockstar” front row seats are $25. Additional donations will also be accepted.
The money raised will be used to help dogs in need of medical care, such as heartworm medication, which many shelters are not able to provide.
Tickets are available and donations are accepted at www.vtdogrescue.com.