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May 12, 2013

Homeless-pet fund hits postal snag

ATHENS — For a mere 46 cents, the United States Postal Service can get a letter to your grandmother in Alaska in just a few days. Pretty impressive, no matter what the critics think.

Still, the post office does make the occasional mistake as an Athens couple recently learned.

Mary Ann Faulkner and her husband, Arthur, created the Teton Transfer Fund in 2009 in honor of their dog, Teton. The fund allows local shelters to prepare and transport to caring homes in other states animals that are scheduled to be euthanized.

“Every dollar you contribute is spent only on these pets so that every pet transported will have a forever home,” Mary Ann said.

Since the fund was established nearly four years ago, the address to which donors can mail tax-deductible donation checks has remained the same:

Teton Transport Fund

P.O. Box 842

Athens, AL 35612


(Donations are also accepted online at www.tetontransportfund.com, clicking on “Donations” and “Pay Pal”)

The postal snag

Recently, a donor told Pricilla Blenkinsopp, director of the Athens-Limestone Animal Shelter, that she had tried to mail a donation check to the Teton Fund but the post office had returned her letter as undeliverable.

The news dismayed Mary Ann because the Teton operation survives only through donations and through volunteers who drive the pets all or part of the way to their new homes.

After consulting with the post office, Mary Ann learned her post office box account had come up for renewal and was closed because she did not pay.

“They did not inform us it was due, so it just closed,” she said.

Despite the confusion, the Teton Fund’s Post Office box was reopened and remains the same as before — 842.

“Anyone who had checks returned in April, please send them again,” Mary Ann said. “We need every penny to transport these helpless pets. Folks can just peel off the yellow tab on the returned envelope and resend it.”

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