High school group helps to make Greener Pastures

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Hunter Rodgers, a member of Greencastle-Antrim High School National Honor Society, sits with Max, a rescued Dachshund, and Samantha Frey, owner of Greener Pastures No-Kill Animal Rescue. The shelter was the recipient of a donation from NHS.

When Samantha Frey opened her mail recently, she wanted to cry. She found a $575 check from the National Honor Society of Greencastle-Antrim High School. The accompanying letter from advisor DuAnne Thrush explained that her Greener Pastures No-Kill Animal Rescue had been the non-profit chosen for excess treasury funds.

“I about fell over,” said Frey. “It was totally unexpected.”

Hunter Rodgers, 17, an NHS member and volunteer at Greener Pastures since he was eight, suggested the facility when Thrush asked the society for ideas. Other organizations were also considered but the vote went to the shelter.

Thrush wrote, “We trust that you will be able to care for many needy animals this summer with this money. We know it isn’t a large amount, but every little bit helps.”

She also thanked Frey for her good work, and for accepting students as volunteers doing community service.

“You are definitely making a difference not only in the lives of the animals you rescue but also in the lives of our students and the community.”

Frey said she would use the donation for a hay enclosure for the larger animals. The sanctuary is home to dogs, cats, birds, goats, pigs, sheep, alpacas, horses and donkeys.