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Animal lovers gather for unique rescue fundraiser

Published On: Feb 10 2013 03:32:29 AM CST

In Rock County on Saturday, animal lovers spread the word about some four-legged friends desperately in need of some tender loving care.

More than 1,800 people were expected in Janesville to check out the art and animal products from more than 50 vendors from across the region at the "Friends of Noah" event.

But of course the animals available for adoption were the main attraction.

Baxter is a dog who knows how to shine in the spotlight.

Just about everyone at the Friends of Noah's "Arftic Art for Animals" fundraiser knows all about Baxter.

The energetic Border Collie-Terrier mix, who was born with three paws, a deformed leg, and a crooked tail, is an alumnus of the Friends of Noah adoption program.

This time last year Baxter was in foster care at Gary Johnson's house, but now he has found his forever home.

"We were his fifth home in four-and-a-half months," said Johnson. "He just loves everybody, loves everybody, cats, dogs, horses, people, his attitude was just happy all the time."

Friends of Noah, an all-breed animal rescue group, is celebrating their third anniversary in March.

The organization host several fundraisers a year to help good animals find good homes.

Unlike a shelter, adoptable animals will temporarily stay with foster parents like Laurie Sullivan.

"Friends of Noah has gotten about 200 animals adopted out," said Sullivan. "There's a lot of dogs out there that need help. So we're looking for foster homes. Generally a foster dog stays with us in a foster home 6-8 weeks."

Money raised on Saturday will also provide veternarian care and pet food for nine area food pantries.

"We feed over 750 animals a month, 500 families with 750 animals," said executive director Lois Corwin. "That's a lot of animals, so we're always struggling to keep that pipeline full."

Friends of Noah is hosting another "Artific Art for Animals" event on May 19 at Thresherman's Park in Edgerton.

For more information, go to their web site.

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