Pet group puts out the call for April Stools Day volunteers

Posted March 31, 2011, at 10:29 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A year after taking part in the first April Stools Day cleanup event in the Lewiston-Auburn area, two Bradford residents hope to expand the volunteer day all the way to Bangor.

April Stools Day?

“We can’t take credit for that one,” Cassandra Lang of Turner said with a chuckle when referring to the event’s name. “There’s an organization in Portland that does it, but they got it from somewhere else.”

Lang and Chris Manson of Leeds formed an animal charity organization called Pack Life after moving to the Bangor area last October. They originally planned to have their cleanup on Sunday, April 3, but Friday’s expected snowfall prompted them to reschedule it to Sunday, April 17.

They hope to get at least 15 to 20 volunteers to meet at Tim Hortons on Main Street at 10 a.m. that day for a free breakfast. After that, the volunteers will comb the waterfront to clean it by removing dog and other animal waste.

Lang and Manson, who got Tim Hortons to provide free breakfast for volunteers and Sea Dog Brewing Co. to provide a free 2 p.m. lunch for volunteers, also hope to raise funds for Pack Life, which promotes and provides animal rescue, home retention and spaying-neutering services.

“We raised $500 and had 15 volunteers in Lewiston-Auburn last year,” said Lang. “We supply food to people who can’t afford it for their dogs, and we offer low-cost or free spaying and neutering.”

This year’s second annual April Stools Day in Lewiston-Auburn was supposed to be Saturday but has been postponed to April 23 due to the snowstorm.

April Stools Day was started after a few Lewiston-area parks were closed to dogs due to excessive waste that wasn’t cleaned up by dog owners. The cleanup effort reopened most of those parks.

“We try to keep the parks and trails clean so they remain open to dogs and their owners,” Lang said.

Volunteers also will receive gift bags, cleanup supplies and a map of their area of responsibility. Anyone donating $25 or more will receive a T-shirt.

To sign up or to get more information, call Lang at 754-5757.

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