Daily Voice this week is running down some of the top stories of 2015, leading up to the most popular on Thursday.
Here is the first of a few of the stories that made us smile, made us cry or in some way left an impression on us.
FAIR LAWN, N.J. — Earlier this month, Daily Voice profiled Steve Quilliam, a Fair Lawn man who runs Grateful Doggies Canine Freedom Transport Service.
Quilliam and his team travel to Georgia every week to rescue dogs housed in kill shelters. Over the past two years, Quilliam estimates that his company has saved the lives of more than 7,000 dogs.
Since his story ran earlier this month, Quilliam says business is booming.
"Many people reached out to donate and volunteer since the Daily Voice article," Quilliam says.
Grateful Doggies has opened an adoption center in Middletown, New York, and has an application in to become a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Quilliam said Grateful Doggies is looking to start a low cost spay and neuter program as well as vaccinations. Soon, Grateful Doggies will also start offering monthly seminars addressing such topics as pet health and behavior and rescue 101.
Grateful Doggies also has plans to open a private dog park in Middletown for rescue dogs and their owners.
Quilliam said Grateful Doggies will also start new transport routes to Alabama and Tennessee as well as coastal cities in Georgia and the Carolinas.
Quilliam said all this growth would not be possible without the help of the other rescues Grateful Doggies works with. Many of them coordinate the pick-ups and drop-offs of the dogs.
"We are proud to be a small cog in the big life-saving machine called 'rescue'," Quilliam said.
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