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Roast and Toast to be held for Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society board member

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GLOUCESTER – A Roast and Toast in honor of Dr. Richard (Dick) Crowder, retired gastroenterologist, is scheduled for Sunday, January 12, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at Distinction Catering and Special Events in White Marsh. Many know Dick as a friend, medical colleague, respected medical professional, volunteer doctor at the Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic, and the Tangier Island Clinic, but the Roast will celebrate Dick in his role as the lover and protector of homeless animals!

Dick Crowder serves on the Board of the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, where often he can be found cleaning kennels, cat cages, building a barn, or giving visitors a tour. When not at the Gloucester-Mathews-Middlesex Animal Shelter, he's apt to be at the Gloucester Animal Control (GAC), also known as the Pound, walking dogs and getting them out to adoptions events and working to find them permanent homes. His fellow volunteers say, "He talks to the animals and makes them feel loved!"

The Outreach Program at the pound is manned by GMHS volunteers known as the Animal Rescue Team (ART). This program provides basic medical care, shots, heart worm tests and preventative treatments as well as spays and neuters. More than $30,000 is needed yearly to finance just the basics and to transport dogs to other rescue groups. Major medical expenses to save lives and repair terrible health problems created by abuse and neglect also have to be covered. The good news is that approximately 300 dogs a year are placed in permanent homes through this program. The Outreach Program, funded by donations, will be the beneficiary of the Roast.

Dr. Fred Arnold says, "the Roast is a great way to thank and honor the man, who though officially retired, continues to give so much to his community. This tribute to Dick will help us save homeless animals, and you'll have a great evening, too!"

Reserve your seat ($50) now as space is limited. Better yet, become a sponsor and your name and a message to Dick will be in the program. When you sign up to be a TOP DOG ($5,000), TAIL BLAZER ($1,000), COOL CAT ($500), or a member of CROWDER'S CROWD ($100), you'll have preferred seating at the event. Fred Arnold added, "we might be able to talk Dr. Crowder into performing a free colonoscopy on the first person to sign up for a TOP DOG Sponsorship!" Tickets are $50 per person; make checks payable to the GMHS and mail to Shannon Fedors, P.O. Box 25, Bena 23018. For event or sponsorship information, email Peggy Bowditch at peggyb72@gmail.com or call 804 693-4811.

The GMHS is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am until 4pm, Sundays from 1pm to 4pm and closed on Mondays. You can also visit the Humane Society on the web at http://www.gmhumanesociety.org.