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Green Acres Kennel Shop raises over $2,500 for Rabies Challenge Fund

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BANGOR Green Acres Kennel Shop held a fundraiser for The Rabies Challenge Fund from Sept. 1 through Oct. 6 and raised $1,225 from 52 clients, colleagues and friends. Don and Paula Hanson, co-owners for Green Acres Kennel Shop, matched what they raised with an additional $1,280. The Hansons initiated this fundraiser as a memorial to their Golden Retriever Tikken and as a way of helping to educate others about the potential for severe reactions to the Rabies vaccine. The Hansons' dog Tikken lived to be 16, but they almost lost her when she was 4 due to a severe reaction to the rabies vaccine. 'I know that Tikken is watching us from the Rainbow Bridge, and I have no doubt she's wagging her tail with joy at the response we've had,' said Don Hanson.

The Rabies Challenge Fund, a charitable trust and federally registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was founded by Kris Christine of Maine and. Dr. W. Jean Dodds, who serves as co-trustee of the Fund and supervisor of the project. The Fund was established to determine the duration of immunity conveyed by rabies vaccines and to lobby state and municipal regulators to adopt a three-year rabies vaccine protocol. Research began in Nov. 2007 under the direction of Dr. Ronald Schultz and The University of Wisconsin Foundation and is now in year five. This project has been funded entirely at the grassroots level with contributions coming mostly from kennel clubs and private individuals. 

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