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Going to the dogs? Forsyth raises funds for local shelter

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Kaitlyn Forsyth recently held a bake sale to benefit ARF.

Contributed photo Kaitlyn Forsyth recently held a bake sale to benefit ARF.

— Kaitlyn Forsyth has always loved animals. Her love of them, especially those that need extra care and attention, landed her with her senior project.

Forsyth has spent time volunteering at animal shelters and took a trip last summer to Canaan, Utah, to visit a shelter there. She went with her grandma and a friend.

“I wanted to get ideas of how different shelters worked and see what they do for animals as well as how they pair animals for adoption with new owners,” she explained.

Forsyth said she and her family have long adopted pets that were in need of homes and she has had dogs and cats and been around horses for all her life.

While in Utah, she helped with cleanup and played with animals and she and her grandma even brought a dog home for the night to their hotel.

“It was a little break for ‘Carter’ to get out and have a sleepover,” she smiled.

While there, she felt the animals were kept clean and healthy and seemed happy.

“I just hate the thought of a pound, and this was so much better than that,” she said. “It’s what I hope for Grangeville’s future animal shelter.”

Forsyth is now a senior at Genesee High School and lives with her father, Anthony and stepmother Kelly Forsyth. She formerly attended Grangeville High School and worked with counselor Susan Morris, while being mentored for the project by her grandmother, Cheryle Miller of Grangeville. She is also the daughter of John and Sarah Finley of Grangeville.

Forsyth began and continues to work on her senior project as a fund-raiser and support for the proposed Grangeville-based Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). She recently held a bake sale with proceeds going to ARF and also plans to host a garage sale for the shelter.

Forsyth has worked as a nanny for the past few years and said she hopes to continue that and earn some money for college where she hopes to study psychology. She enjoys dirt bike riding and reading.


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