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Rachael Max, left, and her mother Barbara Horn will open up a pet rescue sanctuary by the end of the year. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
July 01, 2012
BRIMFIELD — It's hard to start up a new organization, especially when you have to change town bylaws to do it.

Lifelong animal lovers Barbara Horn and Rachael Max did just that in order to establish Here Today Adopted Tomorrow Animal Sanctuary, which should be up and running by year's end. After attending a workshop in Utah about how to open an animal sanctuary, the mother-daughter duo purchased a 29-acre Sturbridge Road property on which to run their sanctuary.

Opening the sanctuary has been a challenging and time-consuming process. Horn and Max had to obtain several signatures on a petition just to bring their proposed zoning bylaw amendment before voters at town meeting. The amendment was passed overwhelmingly, enabling any resident in town who meets the new criteria to open up a pet rescue shelter. Requirements include having a building located on a lot with a minimum of five acres and providing a minimum of 20 square feet of housing space for each dog and five square feet of housing space for each cat.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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