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Animal lovers dedicate themselves to rescue efforts

With very little financial rewards, animal rescue workers are in it for the love of animals, according to a new report from the Poughkeepsie Journal.

The report surveyed several animal rescue workers who range in age and animal care services. Dale Mountan is 66-years-old and in charge of the Russell Refuge in Rhinebeck. She takes in dogs such as a Jack Russell terrier named Gibbs whom she recently adopted.

Another animal rescue worker is Maria Genovesi, who is 44-years-old. Genovesi started Godspeed Horse Hostel Inc. about seven years ago and looks after horses who would otherwise be sent to slaughterhouses.

"I'm in it for life," Genovesi told the news source. "Not to brag, but I'm really good at it. I have the right attitude, I don't get attached and there's enough people on my side who contribute financially."

Lucky Orphans is another of the animal rescue organizations featured in the report. The group is run by Deanna Mancuso, who is 29-years-old.

According to its official website, "Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue is dedicated to providing a safe haven for unwanted, abused, neglected horses."
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