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Homer Junior High Students Create 'The Scooter Project'

Homer Junior High School students are raising money and awareness to combat animal cruelty through the creation of The Scooter Project.
The Scooter Project is named after Scooter, a bait dog that was found in poor health in South Carolina.  Bait dogs are used in dog fighting rings to teach dogs to attack and fight. Due to the injuries Scooter suffered, veterinarians were unable to save his ears.
When learning about Scooter’s condition, Homer Junior High students knew they had to do something to help.
“The kids have been amazing in their eagerness to spring into action,” teacher Cassie Shurtleff said. “They’ve completely fallen in love with the dog.”
Students have dedicated hours of community service to the project by creating signs, selling candy, soliciting donations from local businesses and raising awareness throughout the school and community.
The response has been overwhelming.
Donations have come in from all over the country, including Michigan and California. The money raised will go directly to the medical needs of Scooter and to aid the Wings of Freedom Animal Rescue, a group of volunteers who find homes and improve the quality of life for abused animals.
“Every time we see a new picture of Scooter we are amazed at his progress,” Shurtleff said. “The kids want to know every little detail about his care and how they can help prevent this from happening to other dogs in the future.”
Students plan on continuing their fundraising efforts in the coming months with a goal of raising as much money and awareness as possible.
Donations can be mailed to Homer Junior High School:
Cassie Shurtleff
Homer Junior High School
59 Clinton Street
Homer, New York 13077
Donations can also be sent electronically by reaching out to Mrs. Shurtleff at

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