OUR VIEW: Madonio Family Trust shows compassion to animals

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Those who love animals have a new to way help their well-being thanks to a new fund set up in the growing Portage Foundation, a community oriented foundation that functions as an umbrella charitable fund for numerous philanthropic causes.

The Madonio Family Animal Welfare Trust has been established with a $10,000 donation from Chas Madonio and his family. Its goal is the support of groups such as the Portage Animal Protective League, Rose's Rescue in Rootstown, Happy Trails Sanctuary in Ravenna, and many other no-kill rescues throughout Portage County, the intent being to make Portage County a 100 percent no-kill county.

Other long-term goals include providing funds for neutering and spaying as well as financial assistance to individuals who cannot afford medical treatment for their pets.

Increasingly, scientific research indicates all forms of life possess a certain amount of intelligence. Most pet owners know this intuitively and they sense their pets have feelings. Stories abound of people who develop an uncanny ability to communicate with and related to their animal friends. There's the story of, "The Horse Whisperer," for instance. "Lassie," a fictional Collie dog has been the subject of movies. "Buck," the fictional dog Jack London created in his book, "Call of the Wild," tells of cruel things done to a wonderful pet. One of the most famous examples of treating animals as our friends is that of St. Francis of Assisi.

Stories and evidence indicate compassion is appropriate and enlightened behavior where animals are concerned.

That is the message of the Madonio Family Animal Welfare Trust, established with the Portage Foundations. Those wishing to support this fund may do so by making checks to the Portage Foundation with "Madonio Fund" on the memo line. All such donations are tax deductible.

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