Column by Mary Wynne Kling, Outreach and Development Co-ordinatior, LCHS
Elizabeth White, has been a longtime supporter of Lee County Humane Society. Most recently, she has donated to sponsor LCHS’s “Lonely Hearts Club,” animals who have been in the shelter the longest, that are ready to find their forever family. Members have a reduced adoption fee of $25, thanks to the kind sponsorship of donors like Elizabeth.
• Do you have any pets of your own?
Yes, we have a precious 14 pound shaggy black dog named Bingo. We adore him. We recently lost our 3 1/2 Golden, Cole to cancer. We lost our other Golden, Lexi, to cancer a few years ago. We are still devastated and miss them more than words. We rescued Bingo from For Paws in Auburn. It was meant to be. We walked in not expecting to adopt and walked out with the most amazing best friend. Bingo is totally devoted to us.
• What motivated you to donate to LCHS?
We were motivated to donate to LCHS because we support their mission of finding loving homes for abandoned animals. I can’t imagine how difficult and heart-wrenching the job is. We appreciate the staff and volunteers who give a voice to the voiceless animals of Lee County. Lee County not only helps animals, but the families who are fortunate enough to adopt through them. There is nothing like the love of an animal. It’s pure and selfless. LCHS provides unconditional love to families who adopt.
• Have you been involved at LCHS in any other ways?
I’ve been involved with LCHS for a number of years. Before we started a family, we would foster Golden’s who came into the shelter and find them homes. Through my job, I’ve been able to highlight the shelter’s mission and work to find forever homes for their animals. Plus, let the community know about fundraising and adoption opportunities by sharing information on my FB page.
• What do you think is the most important service LCHS provides to the community?
LCHS gives hope for animals who otherwise would have nobody to love and care for them.
• Why did you decide to donate to LCHS’s Lonely Hearts Club?
My heart always breaks when I hear a senior dog has been turned over to a shelter. Since seniors are less likely to be adopted out, we feel good making their chances as high as possible by donating money for their adoption fees. Seniors have a lot of love to give! They are calm, potty trained and deserve to live out the rest of their life in a loving, safe home.
• What can the public do to help LCHS?
SPAY AND NEUTER your pets. Please. I can’t say that enough.
The public can help support LCHS by – of course- adopting their next best friend. Dropping off donations money or food. Or, simply visit the shelter and take an animal out for a walk, a fetch and some loving. That’s priceless. Your time is priceless. Bring your kids too! Encourage them to volunteer! Also, like LCHS on FB and share their posts and adoptable animals. You never know when a FB share can link an animal with their forever family.
If we could all love each other, the way our animals love us, the world would be a much better place.
I am So thankful to LCHS volunteers and staff.
Weekly Wish: We are in need of both dry and wet kitten food. Please feel free to drop off at the shelter, 1140 Ware Drive.