After 310 days, Neil, the Lake County Animal Shelter’s longest resident, got a festive sendoff surrounded by teary-eyed shelter staff and volunteers.
His biggest fan and advocate, volunteer Sue Keehn Richter, had the bittersweet honor of walking Neil out of the shelter for the last time as he went to rescue with Partnership for Paws, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit based in Grand Island, Florida. After receiving some treats from his favorite spot, Dunkin Donuts, Neil went on his “freedom ride” to his new foster home to learn proper manners with Dare2Train.
To help a shelter pet like Neil, stop by the Lake County Animal Shelter at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, call 352-343-9688 or visitwww.lakecountyfl.gov/LCAS.
The Lake County Animal Shelter “rocks,” and is now offering free pet adoptions when a colorful stone depicting a detailed portrait of a shelter pet is found.
The designs are the creation of Sheri Meadows, an artist and school teacher who recently began volunteering with LEASH, Inc., a non-profit which directly benefits the shelter. Meadows’ intricate work is instantly recognizable, and often features unique, mixed-breed dogs commonly available at the shelter. “I became involved in the kindness rocks movement and found that I could also send a message to adopt pets,” said Meadows. “I was doing that on my own and dropping them off at various places to be found. I feel that if I can teach people to care about something important, make them laugh or make them smile, then I get much more back than I give.”
Her decorated rocks can be found hidden around the animal shelter, located at 28123 County Road 561 in Tavares, and at various other locations around Lake County. If one is discovered, it may be brought to the shelter in exchange for a free pet adoption.
Lake County Animal Shelter is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and for adoptions only on Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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