Every five to six weeks, Rescue Charlie’s Friends at 90 Road B, Woolwich takes in around 90 to 100 dogs and cares for them and places them in foster homes pending adoption, Janine Hague said. This weekend, the non-profit organization she and her husband Lee founded four years ago is starting a Halloween tradition to spook fun for the community as well as more volunteers and donations for the group. , named after The Hague’s latest rescue lab mix, Charlie.
“It’s the first time, and we’ll try to do it every year from now on,” Hague said in a phone interview Monday about the event they’re calling Howl-O-Ween. It runs from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 and 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 and includes trick or treating, face painting, Halloween bowling, light-up cornhole, divination and more so, according to a flyer. .
“We decided to help the community and make sure the kids could have a safe place to cheat or treat, and are turning the building into a haunted house for kids over 10,” Hague said. She said Therese and Brad Zuercher of Colorado donated the land and building where the dogs arrive from Alabama to be fostered and then depart for their foster homes. The 64-by-72-foot building opened this year, Hague said. Prior to this, the non-profit housed its rescues at Woolwich Fire Station or a business in Topsham, she said. But the group is growing. “It’s getting bigger and bigger.”
With the exception of a few dogs that the volunteers will dress up and have with them at Howl-O-Ween, the dogs will stay in their foster homes away from the excitement, Hague said.
“And we’re going to have a big bake sale. All the volunteers have been mobilized and have been working on (Howl-O-Ween) for months. They went to garage sales to stock up and to stores to see if they wanted to donate, so it’s really amazing. And it’s going to be a lot of fun… We have a nice haunted house with some shocking things inside, so be prepared,” she said with a laugh. “And we’d love to see everybody and show everybody what we’re doing there and tell everybody about the rescue,” and volunteering, fostering, or adopting, Hague added.
The group wants to raise funds to add space to the building that a veterinarian could visit to perform surgeries, including neutering and neutering, Hague said.
Visit rescuecharliesfriends.org and Rescue Charlie’s Friends on Facebook to learn more about the group and their dogs for adoption.