Saving Dogs with a Purpose (Aired March 28 & 29, 2020)

Erich Steffensen, Special Programs Manager at the Animal Farm Foundation in Amenia, NY, is the guest for this RadioRotary Program. The Animal Farm Foundation, although it does run an actual farm with rescue farm animals, is primary concerned with dogs—especially dogs that have been called “pit bulls” because of square-shaped heads and bulky bodies, although these are generally of no recognized breed (originally their ancestors were a cross between bulldogs and terriers, but other breeds have joined the mix over the years). One of the goals of the Foundation is to help erase the bad reputation of pit bulls for aggressive behavior. The other goal is to train shelter dogs—primarily pit bulls—for three different types of service: true service dogs, narcotic-recognizing dogs, and family pets. An early part of this training is conducted by prisoners at Riker’s Island, the “Paws of Purpose” program where the dogs go from shelters to 8 weeks at the prison. Formal training for narcotics-sniffers is conducted at a site in Texas; then the trained dogs are donated to police around the nation. Service dogs, including those who aid the hearing and mobility impaired (but not seeing-eye dogs), are trained at the farm in Amenia. All the programs are free to those who adopt the dogs, whether police who take K-9 dogs, mobility or hearing impaired persons needing help, or families that just want a friendly animal. Listen to the program and learn fascinating details about how trained dogs can solve problems and even save lives.

Learn more
Animal Farm Foundation: https://animalfarmfoundation.org/
Service Dogs: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/service-dog-training-101/
Myths and Facts about Pit Bulls: https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/dog-adoption/myths-and-facts-about-pit-bulls/

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April 13, 2020 · Posted in Animals, Service Organizations  

Cari Swanson, Horse Listener (Aired December 28 and 29, 2019)

RadioRotary often discovers remarkable people living in the mid-Hudson region who are not
well known to the general population. Cari Swanson of Wind Rock Farm in Amenia is an
example. When asked if she is a horse whisperer, she replies that she is a horse listener.
Whatever you call it, she is able to train horses to act in movies and on television as well as
teaching rescued horses how to live with and work for humans. Among her horse’s credits are
the white angel horse from the movie Winter’s Tale and the various horses that make a setting
in the year 1900 authentic on Cinemax’s series The Knick. Ms. Swanson’s horse rescue
operation is the focus of the interview. The seven abused horses that she trains at any given
time at the nonprofit Red Horse Rescue will eventually move to their permanent homes when
they have been restored to physical and mental health. There are many ways that horses have
helped humans over the past 6,000 years. Among them, Ms. Swanson and her horses provide
equine-assisted psychotherapy to veterans and autistic children.

Learn more
Cari Swanson enterprises: http://cariswanson.com/
Red Horse Rescue: https://www.redhorserescue.org/
Windrock Farm on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Millbrook-windrock-Farm/1751097151842692
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy–Eagala: https://www.eagala.org/index

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January 5, 2020 · Posted in Animals, Arts & Letters, Mental Health  

Sue Doyle’s Volunteer Projects (Aired December 21 and 22, 2019)

Sue Doyle of the Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary Club was given the 2019 Tansukh Dorawala
Humanitarian Award of Rotary District 7210 for her service to the community. This RadioRotary
Program covers some of the ways that Ms. Doyle, known to regular RadioRotary listeners as
the voice of Absolute Auction & Realty, works with other volunteers in several organizations.
Fishkill Food Pantry serves about 200 families in southern Dutchess Country and Cold Spring
with 5-day emergency meals, available once every 28 days. Their healthy food is provided in
part by the Food Bank of Dutchess County but mostly by local donations directly to the pantry in
downtown Fishkill. The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) of Beacon is a no-kill refuge for dogs
and cats that stay until a family adopts the pet for a permanent home. Not only does ARF of
Beacon provide food and medicine for locally abandoned pets, it also collects unwanted dogs
and cats who otherwise would be killed from animal shelters across the country. In addition to
her work with the Fishkill Food Pantry and ARF of Beacon, Ms. Doyle has been an asset to the
Pleasant Valley Free Library by providing company trucks needed to move books, along with
her husband Rob Doyle will be honorary chair of the MARC Foundation 2020 Annual Dinner,
and helps her Rotary club bring assistance of Caramia Bacchiochi’s Hope on a Mission, which
provides meals each week for Poughkeepsie’s homeless population.

Learn more
Fishkill Food Pantry on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FishkillFoodPantry/
Animal Rescue Foundation of Beacon: https://www.arfbeacon.org/
ARF in Beacon on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arfanimalrescue/
Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary: http://rotary7210.org/arlington/index.html
MARC Foundation: https://marc-foundation.org/

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Pleasant Valley Holiday Festival (Aired November 30 and December 1, 2019)

Pleasant Valley Recreation Director Sandy Coe and local businessman Frank Mazzella
visit RadioRotary to tell about the full-day celebration that is the Pleasant Valley Festival
of Lights. The event, which combines food and Santa, pets and Santa, a parade and
Santa, and many other holiday traditions, started a few years ago with a simple lighting
of the Town Christmas tree. Today it runs from a breakfast (with Santa) starting at 8 in
the morning and concluding about 12 hours later with a parade followed by hot
chocolate and cookies at the Fire House. Aside from Main Street–site of the parade of
floats, fire trucks, walkers, and Santa in a horse-drawn carriage–the main action is at
three important locations in Pleasant Valley: the Fire House, the Library, and the Mill
Site Historical Museum. Starting with a pancake breakfast, continuing with cookie
sales, a chili cook-off, food trucks, and lots of hot chocolate, it is easy to spend the day
in downtown PV, enjoying readings and encounters with various animals in addition to
the main event, the parade.

Learn more:
Festival of Lights: https://www.pvfol.com/
Pleasant Valley Recreation: https://www.pvrec.com/info/default.aspx
Pleasant Valley Fire Department: https://pvfdny.org/
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/pleasant-valley
Pleasant Valley Lions on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/Pleasant-Valley-Lions-Club-NY-606476433167428/

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December 8, 2019 · Posted in Animals, Children, Events  

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