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Puppy Love

4-Hers participate in an animal rescue. The happy result: 51 dogs and pups find homes in our region.

From left: Isabella and Chantella Wansleeben, Abby and Emma Cohen, Donna and Josie Griebau, and Danielle.

Cumberland County Teen 4-H Council and Jr. Leadership members learn about serving the community the best ways possible—they “practice them” throughout the year.

Early on Sunday morning, January 22, Cumberland County 4-H members assisted with a special rescue operation. Lucky Paws Animal Assistance founder Danielle Crane along with volunteer Stacy Woodlin arrived back in New Jersey after a trip to Tennessee. This transport provided the region with 51 dogs and puppies, each of them on their way to finding a forever home.

The teens assisted with unloading the pups and handing them off to their New Jersey receiving rescues, as well as cleaning bowls and crates. After a check-up and a few days to settle in, these furry friends will be available for foster homes as well as adoption. More information can be found at

This is an ongoing project that will be conducted monthly as well as collection of gently used blankets, towels and puppy pads. For more information on assisting the teens with this donation, contact Donna Griebau, 4-H Program Assistant at the 4-H Center 856-451-2800, ext. #3 or by e-mail at

Members of the 4-H Council must be in 8th grade or above and active in the 4-H program. Youth in grades 5th-7th can be members of the Jr. Leadership Club. These youth serve as narrators, MC’s and planning delegates, sponsor and conduct many countywide 4-H programs and events throughout the year. Anyone interested in learning about becoming a 4-H member, club leader or volunteer can call the 4-H Center.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension, 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status , domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status, and any other category protected by law.