Group hopes to maintain Vermont dog chapel as nonprofit

Dog Mountain

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont group is hoping to preserve a chapel and art gallery dedicated to dogs with the help of a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The group Friends of Dog Mountain is working to transfer the St. Johnsbury property, which features an art gallery and a chapel dedicated to dogs, to nonprofit ownership.

Acting Executive Director Scott Buckingham tells the Caledonian Record ( ) the grant is “a terrific start-up of funding for our nonprofit and its mission.”

Dog Mountain is located on 150 acres in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom that are always open to people and their dogs.

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Buckingham says the money will help strategic business planning for the organization, transfer the property and the business to the non-profit and establish its fund-raising and development.