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    Viera VoiceT H E N E W S P A P E R O F V I E R A & S U N T R E E A B L U E W A T E R C R E A T I V E G R O U P P U B L I C A T I O N


    J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 1 VOLUME 3 ISSUE 12


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    Jennifer Crumley of Suntree wanted a puppy for her children, 10-year-old Trey and 11-year-old Grace. So she turned to Suntree-Viera Pet Rescue and got four-month-old Ted, an ex-citable yet loveable member of the household.

    Grace Crumley volun-teers every weekend for the organization by helping at Petco, where a selection of adoptable dogs and cats are brought for the public to view.

    We dont really have a facility so we cant take them all in. The beneit of people bringing their unwanted ani-mal to us is that we are a no-kill shelter. If we get it, we keep it in a foster home until its adopted, said pet rescue president Melinda Buschor.

    Since the rescues open-ing in 2004, more than 8,000 pets have been saved, including all breeds of dogs and cats and even the occa-sional pet rabbit, she said.

    Potential adoptees must complete an adoption ap-plication and be approved. Minimum adoption fees are $85 and up for cats and $150 to $300 for dogs. All animals are vet checked,

    Suntree-Viera Pet Rescue nds homes

    for furry friends

    VIERA VOICE George WhiteJennifer Crumley of Suntree and her children, Trey and Grace, welcome their adopted puppy, Ted, into the family.

    spayed/neutered, cur-rent on age-appropri-ate vaccines and free of internal and external parasites. Cats are tested for feline leukemia and feline AIDS and dogs eight months and older are tested for heartworm.

    Pet rescue vol-unteers have ani-mals on display from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Petco in Viera and from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Adoption Center (next to the grooming area) of PetSmart in Melbourne on Evans Road and U.S. 192.

    Another beneit of adopting through the pet rescue is that all animals are microchipped for later identiication, Buschor said.

    That way, if they end up in a shelter we can go get them, she said.

    About 25 to 30 families serve as foster homes for ani-mals waiting to be adopted with the need for more foster homes during busy times,

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    science Page 11

    she said.Its hard to say how many

    foster homes we need at any one time. One week, well have 20 dogs and the next week well have ive, she said.

    This season is particularly bad for unwanted cats, she said.

    Its horrible for cats right

    now about the worst Ive ever seen it, Buschor said.

    Donations can be made to the Suntree-Viera Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 410123, Melbourne FL, 32941.

    For more information, call 321-432-4921 or visit the websites or VV

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    Kaitlin Lostroscio works on a VEX robot for the FIRST Roboti cs Pink Team.

    Roboti cs team prepares for

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    Sixty-ive students from three area high schoolsRockledge, Viera and Cocoa Beach High Schoolscombine to form the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Pink Team.

    The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting, mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innova-tion, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-conidence, communication and leader-

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    VOICE, I wish you a joyous and prosperous new year!

    To say goodbye to 2010, Id like to relect on some of my most cherished memo-ries from the year.

    In August, after an in-spiring interview with Bill Klein from TLCs The Little Couple, I grabbed a blanket, headed to the beach and

    waited for the night sky. The Perseid meteor shower was at its peak that night, and I watched as beautiful debris streamed above me. If youve never witnessed a meteor shower before, you should put it on your to-do list for 2011. That night is one Ill remember for the rest of my life.

    I will also carry with me the sense of pride I felt while rooting for the United States during the FIFA World Cup. At irst, my friends

    had to heavily persuade me to take part in watching the festivities. Once I was standing side by side with other Americans, though, I was overwhelmed with an indescribable feeling of togetherness.

    At the end of 2010, I was able to watch the GFWC Sunshine Juniorettes give Christmas gifts to girls at a Devereux group home. One of the girls told her coun-selor that it was the best Christmas she ever had.

    Witnessing compassionate moments such as this makes my job so worthwhile.

    Throughout 2010, VIERA VOICE covered several sto-ries about food, toy and coat drives and other fundraisers. The theme Ive noticed is that our community is a generous one that steps up to helps others in need.

    While its hard to say goodbye to a memorable year that seemed to pass so quickly, I welcome 2011 and a new decade, which I know will bring many more wonderful events. I hope you wont let this year pass with-out making some cherished memories of your own.

    Eckerd Youth Alternatives is accepting nomi-nations for the honorees of the 2011 Brevard County Childrens Hero of the Year awards. These awards celebrate those individuals who have given their time, talent or treasure to help children in need.

    Eckerd realizes the profound impact an indi-vidual can have on the life of a child and would like to honor those individuals who have made signiicant contributions to youth.

    There are many unsung heroes in our com-munity who sellessly devote their lives to chil-dren, and we would like to recognize them for their heartfelt contribution to our youth, said Richard Rogers, area director for Eckerd Youth Alternatives.

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