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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 Page 7 East Boston Activist FRAN ROWAN Makes Art Donation to Beautify Don Orione Home Fran Rowan (center) with (l-r) sister Nancy Pawly-Shawn, son Jim and Danny. A longtime East Boston community activist has found a new way to give to her community by donat- ing part of her personal art collection to a local insti- tution. When she returned after a recent health setback for rehabilitation at the Don Orione Home, a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Ori- ent Heights, Fran Rowan felt ings and prints from her col- lection of works by local art- ists. She said she bought the pieces over a period of years in an effort to support young artists, often giving them their very first sale. Rowan was honored at a dedication ceremony held at the Don Orione Home on Thursday, September 5 th. Fran's collection is on per- manent display as "Fran's Fran devotes much of her time to her young friends. she could improve upon her environment. "When I was here [previ- ously for a respiratory con- dition], I had noticed on the walls there was some cheap poster art that was supposed to be inspirational, but it wasn't very inspiring," said Rowan on Tuesday, her 77 "d birthday, still sharp-tongued after suffering a stroke on July 6 th. To remedy the situation, she decided to donate a se- lection of 17 photos, paint- (L-R) Banafsheh Ehtemam, Curator of Art Display, Andrea Cali, Director of Marketing at the Don Orione Home, Soua Saib and Fran Rowan Wall of Hope." An activist and philanthro- pist for decades, Rowan said she worked with the East Boston Community Develop- ment Corporation to create the Atlantic Works artists' studios and gallery on Bor- der Street and had often en- couraged local artists to do- nate works to auctions sup- porting local charities. "What help is it, sitting in their studio? Get it out there!" she said of the art. Rowan has also done some painting herself, creating a series of local scenes. "I like color, tex- ture and whimsical stuff," she said. I started by melting wax crayons on the radiators in my house." Rowan said her works in melted crayon, began at age 2 or 3, alarmed her mother but proved an early inclination toward creative ac- tivity. "I was forever get- ting into stuff and making things from corn stalks and pine cones and clothes- pins," she said. Rowan hopes the donation will help encourage local art- ists to give back to Due to his increasing popularity and several suggestions from readers (and after much negotiating on our part with h huge salary demands), our friend Freeway has consented to try to answer readers' questions concerning him or any of our little four-legged friends. You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. The Scoop on Puppy Mills if you're thinking about get- ting a dog, there are some important things you should know before making that fi- nal decision. First and fore- most, take a deep breath and reflect honestly about if you have time and can afford to take on the responsibility of having a dog. Equally as important is where you find your furry friend as you want to avoid buying one from a "puppy mill." What is a "puppy mill? Puppy mills are large commercial breeding opera- tions that produce large volumes of purebreds or designer puppies for profit. Housed in the worst possible environmental and social conditions, puppies are often kept in wire "coops" piled one on top of the other, allowing excrement to pass through and accumulate on the dogs below. In order to maximize profits, dogs are bred over and over again until they can no longer pro- duce, at which time they are either dumped or killed. These puppies are pur- chased by brokers for resale most commonly in pet stores or via the internet after being cleaned, graded and vaccinated. The brokers show little to no discretion about who purchases these puppies. The only question a purchaser may encounter is verification of their credit card number; vastly differ- ent from the in-depth ques- tions a responsible breeder will ask in order to quality the buyer's ability to provide a good long term home for the dog. the community but also will inspire creativity and opti- mism among other clients and the Orione Home work- ing to recover from health issues. "It's very health-giving to do creative work," she said. "Your body is a creation of God's, and you have to do cre- ative work to get better." For Andrea Call, Director of Admissions and Market- ing for the home and an East Boston native, the dedica- tion ceremony is a chance to honor Rowan's generosity and public service, though Rowan has modestly asked that the focus remain on the art. Among Rowan's many com- munity projects was the cre- ation of the Meridian House addiction recovery center, where a member of Cali's family once sought treat- ment. "It's another aspect of her giving back to the commu- nity, and I just feel like she's been doing that he whole life," Cali said. "Any time people come down the hall- way and they see art, you can tell them about Fran." BEWARE OF INTERNET "SCAMS" AND BACKYARD BREEDERS The Better Business Bu- reau (BBB) and the Ameri- can Kennel Club (AKC) warn consumers of situations where buyers are encour- aged to send money orders to purchase their puppy, only to find out later there never was one. Unfortu- nately, these prospective buyers come up completely empty-handed, no puppy and no money. Backyard breeders also pose a significant threat as they breed dogs for profit and often sell them to puppy mills. Most of these breeders lack knowledge about their particular breed and breed- ing in general and will breed their dogs every time they come into heat, shortchang- ing the time necessary for the female to recover. Addi- tionally, genetic testing, which is important to ensure good health, is often over- looked and spay/neuter contracts are not typically required allowing the cycle of unchecked breeding of unhealthy dogs to continue. RESPONSIBLE BREEDERS AREN'T IN IT FOR THE MONEY Breeders, who are in the business because they truly love the breed, often only break even. Financially due to the tre- mendous amount of time they commit to ensuring the genetic health of their litters. Responsible breeders are registered with an AKC- affiliated breed club that establishes strict guidelines and standards for its mem- bers. Each club has a volun- teer member responsible for breeder referral through which buyers can confirm their puppy will come from a member in good standing. These breeders will ask many questions and provide answers concerning the health and welfare of their dogs. Additionally they may require a spay/neuter con- tract as well as basic obedi- ence training for the dog in order to guarantee the pup- pies adjust well to their new family. Most importantly, responsible breeders will take a dog back regardless of the reason. ALTERNATIVES TO BREEDERS There are many other resources to help you find the right dog for your family, including local shelters and breed rescue groups. Adopting from a shelter can provide many benefits to new pet owners including adoption counseling, obedi- ence training and follow- up, and discounts on spaying or neutering your puppy. Plus, the adoption fee is typically far below the prices pet stores and breeders charge. According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), one in four dogs in animal shelters is a purebred. Another option for prospec- tive owners looking for a purebred pup is breed rescue groups. These organizations care for the dogs often in foster homes until a perma- nent home can be found. Some dogs are relinquished by their owners, while others are rescued from puppy mills or found as strays. Make a responsible choice: Whether you find your four-legged family mem- ber through a responsible breeder, breed rescue orga- nization or at your local shel- ter, the most important thing is to make the right choices for both you and your pet. 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