By Bill Robinson
Rachel Faust, 10, may live in Lexington, but she spends most Saturdays visiting her grandparents in Richmond.
Because Rachel cares so much for animals in need, she and her grandmother, Barbara Carter, use a large portion of their Saturdays volunteering with the Madison County Humane Society/Animal League for Life.
The society has dogs and cats available for adoption every Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. in its facility at 128-C Big Hill Ave. in Richmond.
Rachel’s Lexington elementary school has an entrepreneurship program that teaches student to make and market products. She learned to make picture frames, bracelets, bows and other items from duct tape. When she offered them for sale at her school’s entrepreneur fair, she realized a profit of $101.
Some youngsters who earn more than $100 might want to head to the store and make a purchase. Others might open a savings account. However, there was no question what Rachel would do with her earnings.
Because the Humane Society operates on donations and relies on volunteer labor, she wanted all of her earnings to help the society feed, house and find homes for the animals.
With her success as a budding entrepreneur, Rachel plans to continue making useful and decorative items and then sell them at flea markets.
Rachel has developed a special bond with a rescued dog, Oscar, and Lynn Grove, the Humane Society member and volunteer who adopted him.
Grove found the animal after he had been hit a car and was suffering from a broken leg.
Others who saw the injured animal recommended that Grove take him to a veterinarian to be put down. Grove had other ideas. He called the Humane Society, which recommended a veterinarian who would treat the dog’s broken leg.
The leg healed, and now Oscar is Grove’s new best friend.
Rachel wrote humane society members on behalf of Oscar, thanking them for helping save his life and giving him a new home.
Grove then wrote Rachel telling her how much she was doing for hurting animals and that he, Oscar and all the other animals helped by the humane society would never forget her good works.
As Oscar, Grove, Rachel and her grandmother visited Saturday, the dog enjoyed having his ears and back scratched by his admirers. Other dogs at the humane society facility barked and cats meowed to tell Oscar they hoped someday to be as lucky as he was.
Animals available for adoption can be seen on the organization’s website, www.humanesocietyall.com.
In addition to rescues and adoptions, the Madison County Humane Society/Animal League for Life offers a low-cost spay or neuter service. Female cats can be spayed for $40. Male cats are $30. For dogs, the cost is $60 for females and $40 for males. Spay/neuter appointments are available only on Mondays.
For more details, visit www.humanesocietyall.comwww.humanesocietyall.com or leave a voice mail message at 626-5600.