by Jenny Day
Federal dollars are helping puppies right here in Vermont.
Specifically - sprucing up the "Potter's Angels Shelter" website - to get more dogs adopted.
The "Vermont Digital Economy Project" is actually using the money to get more than 100 businesses back on their feet from Tropical Storm Irene.
Meet two year old Sunny. The ginger pit bull enjoys long walks and cuddle time!
"He is one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met; I mean look at him - all he wants to do is snuggle,” Crystal Nesky said, who is a volunteer at the Potter’s Angels Rescue.
He was going to be put down, but was saved by Potter's Angels Rescue in Randolph, Vermont.
Sunny is just one of 62 other dogs – there are also cats, horses, even pot belly pigs that are in need of foster homes.
"Constant need, unbelievable how much need there is. It’s heartbreaking, it is absolutely heartbreaking, but it's also heartwarming when we see the dog get placed into a home," Nesky said.
But before the Vermont Digital Economy Project came in and updated the Rescue's website - it was hard to see just who was up for adoption - money from a federal economic development grant is helping businesses like this, who were impacted by Tropical Storm Irene.
Code for Vermont built a more user friendly site - the plan is to do one website a month for the next year, in addition to several other dog - and digital projects!
"They’ll be working one on one with more volunteers from the tech community, to just build the capacity of non profits," Rob Fish said, who is the Nonprofit Advisor for the Vermont Digital Economy Project.
Non profits are a big part of the Vermont economy - the stronger they are - the stronger Vermont is.
"A connected community is the most resilient community," Fish said.
Vermont Digital Economy Project also helped other rescues, historical societies, and food shelves.
Just next Tuesday, they'll be making improvements at the Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock - they're calling it “social media surgery!”