Franklin County Animal Rescue

Saving Cats & Dogs since 1964

Our Mission

Franklin County Humane Society dba Franklin County Animal Rescue promotes the health, welfare and humane treatment of animals in Northwestern Vermont by providing temporary shelter for them with the ultimate goal of finding them good, permanent homes within the community.

Our History

FCAR was originally established in 1964 by several area residents who wanted to help the growing numbers of abused animals in their community. Over the next 32 years the shelter would move from Castle Farm in Fairfield to the old Yandow Farm in Saint Albans, an old house on Woods Hill Road in Swanton, an old barn on Parsons Avenue in Saint Albans Town, and then the Air Force Base on Bellevue Hill in Saint Albans. It wasn't until 1996 when the shelter made its way to its current location at 30 Sunset Meadow in Saint Albans City. The 3500 square foot building was intended to comfortably house approximately 23 dogs and 30 cats; numbers which more often than not are far exceeded.

Franklin County Animal Rescue has grown from a totally volunteer effort by a small group of concerned residents to an incorporated 501c3 non-profit organization that is privately owned and receives no government funding. The future of FCAR depends totally on caring, generous individuals to ensure its ability to shelter these animals until they can find their rightly deserved loving permanent homes.

After 50 years as Franklin County Humane Society, in 2015 the name was changed to Franklin County Animal Rescue to better reflect the current mission and purpose of the shelter; a focus on the homeless cats and dogs of the community. In an effort to give the shelter a more current, updated image, the logo was redone as well. 

Franklin County Animal Rescue

Board of Directors

June 2017

Alice Astarita, CPA, Treasurer, is a financial consultant specializing in nonprofit

accounting. Over the last 15 years she has worked with dozens of nonprofits as an
independent contractor. Prior to that she was Finance Director at the Community Health
Center and Accounting and Auditing Manager for AM Peisch. Term start: 2016

Jen Bourdeau is a credit analyst with New England Federal Credit Union. She holds a
Masters degree in finance from Northeastern University and majored in business
administration at the University of Vermont. Term start: 2017

Maureen Brown is the Project Manager/General Manager for the Hampton Inn opening
June 2017 in St. Albans, building on a 20-year career in hotel management. A Vermont
native, she attended CCV and Paul Smiths College. Term start: 2016

Paul Martin, Secretary, is one of St. Albans’ most successful realtors with Keller
Williams and the founder/owner of the brand new Durty Nellie’s Irish Pub on Kingman
Street. Term start: 2011

Keeli Metz, CPA, works with Century 21 Realty in St. Albans and also cofounded and
operates Green Mountain Animal, Inc., a specialty pet food company. She earned her
degree in accounting from Bentley University. Term start: 2016  

John Schraven has been a negotiator and mediator for the last 28+ years at O'Neill Kellner and Green and later at Shoup Evers and Green PLLC.  He is experienced and gifted in consulting on and facilitating settlements and attended the College of the Holy Cross.  Term start: 2017  

Kristine Stell is a managing broker and realtor for RE/MAX Destinations serving Franklin, 
Chittenden, and Grand Isle Counties.  Prior to working as a realtor, she was a Certified Phlebotomy Technician at Northwestern Medical Center. Term start: 2017

Karen Taylor Mitchell, Chair, has been the Executive Director of the Governor’s
Institutes of Vermont for the last seven years and teaches Business and Public Policy at
St. Michael’s College. She holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the
Harvard Kennedy School and studied in the Animals and Public Policy graduate program
at Tufts Veterinary School. Term start: 2017

Sean Theoret works as a Technology Integrationist at BFA Fairfax.  He holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont.  He has been an educator of  mathematics and technology for 17 years in Vermont.  Term start: 2017

Advisory Board

June 2017

Dr. Peggy Larson, DVM, JsD, founded and operated the Vermont Spay/Neuter Clinic for 28 years. She has previously served as the acting State Veterinarian and a humane prosecutor for the state of Vermont.  She received her law degree at Vermont Law School after earning a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Comparative Pathology from UC Davis. Term start: 2017


Jay Cummings is the Business Development Officer and Marketing Manager at Peoples Trust Company.  He previously served as the Executive Director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the CEO of the Vermont Clothing Company.  Jay has volunteered as the Race Director for the Great Race Triathlon and the St. Albans Raid Half Marathon.  Term start: 2017

Frank Cioffi has been President of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC) for almost 20 years and received his BA in Political Science from the University of Vermont.  GBIC is a non-profit economic development corporation whose goal is to attract, retain, and expand environmentally sensitive high-paying jobs in Chittenden County through education and collaborative programs.  Term start: 2017

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    Saturday, Oct 14 at 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Franklin County Animal Rescue
    30 Sunset Meadow
    St. Albans, VT 05478
    (802) 524-9650 
    fax: (802) 527-2450
     
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