More than Rescue 2021

A Day in the Life

This video follows members of staff through their day.

Some days are puppy kisses and kitten snuggles, some days are messy and gross, some days are rewarding and special, some days are impossibly hard, and some days manage to be all of the above. We hope you enjoy this video, it has ups and downs just like our days at and outside the office. Hopefully it offers insight to what the day to day looks like, and how we keep moving forward for the animals. There’s always an animal in need, and as overwhelming as that fact is, we love being there as often as we can.

No one on staff considers themselves on or off the clock, we just respond to as many needs as we can. If you call our office and we don’t pick up, we may have our hands full with a flea infested cat, or be testing incoming kittens for feline leukemia, or assisting a member of the community with pet food, or comforting a scared dog. Each and every day is filled with advocacy, hard work, and perseverance, with saving lives being our focus.

Our office has been closed to the public during COVID-19, but our hands have stayed just as full serving our community out of passion. Leon County Humane Society receives no city or state funding. We’re independently run by those who have passion for rescue in their hearts. Our fundraisers go directly toward our mission to Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Educate, and every dollar truly makes a difference.

Ollie

Ollie was found abandoned in a church parking lot. He was dangerously underweight, with matted fur and sores. After entering our program and seeing one of our vet partners, Los Robles Animal Hospital, Ollie was diagnosed with late stage cancer. At first, his prognosis was bleak, so his generous and loving foster mom team Shannon Colavecchio and Jen Mickley decided to help him live his best life in his final days.


They showered him with yummy foods, arranged for several LCHS fosters to come together to fill literal swimming pools with tennis balls – his favorite toy, and brought him along on all their adventures. They even moved up their Christmas photo shoot – so Ollie would be included.


After being showered with love, support, and TLC, Ollie has rallied. What went from somber final days has turned into 6 months of healthy and happy days ahead of him with a foster family turned forever family. He rests easy knowing he wont face the end alone.


More than Rescue is what happens after an animal enters our program. We commit to them and their needs, to humane care, to quality of life and advocate for them as if they’re owned, because for now, they are ours. Each dog in our program lives in a loving foster home so that they don’t sit in a kennel. Each foster opens their heart to the dogs as if they are their own pets, until they pass the leash or, in this case, can’t stay longer.


We can’t say enough, we love our fosters. We love their compassion, their commitment, and the way that opening their hearts inspires positive change in the lives of not only the dogs but in the lives of those around them.


We are grateful to our supporters, who allow us to offer this type of humane and compassionate care. If you are able, please consider donating to support our mission to Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Educate, so we can continue to be there for dogs like Ollie alongside our many, many adoptable dogs.

Community Cats

This video features two women who worked together over the course of the pandemic to take a cat colony about to go out of control and turn it into an opportunity for joy.

With the support of LCHS, they were able to TNR about 40 cats, with 25 of them being able to be rehomed through out cat program. We estimate that their efforts over this year long period likely prevented the births of up to 300 unwanted kittens, and prevented countless cases of suffering from inbreeding in future litters. Considering our program took in a total of 539 cats TOTAL last year, we’re pretty grateful they took on this endeavor.

Often people wonder where the cats in our program come from, this video will answer that question for 25 of our cats.

If you would like to start TNRing in your own community, visit here for support with low cost spaying and neutering.

We also have traps available for rent, and so does the Tallahassee Leon Animal Service Center.

TNR will have to be a community effort, it’s too overwhelming for any one group to tackle on their own, and the more people willing to TNR, the closer we get to ending pet overpopulation, and ending euthanasia.

Riley

Riley entered the Leon County Humane Society thanks to Lucy Daly. We all see many pleas by people on Facebook, with animals in need of help. We want to save each and every one of them, but without a foster home to put them in, we aren’t always able to help.

Lucy saw one of those pleas, posted by the good samaritan who found Riley. She called Amy asking if there was something that could be done, and Amy said they would need a foster. Lucy said “no problem, I’m your girl,” (I have a suspicion Riley was already in her car at this point).

Now 8 months later, all of Riley’s health concerns have been addressed. His heartworm infection was particularly severe, but he’s right on the brink of a clean bill of health, a neuter, and a forever home, thanks to someone who not only saw an animal in need, but stepped up to be his hero.

Saying goodbye won’t be easy, but with nearly 30 foster dogs under her belt, Lucy isn’t ready to stop saving more.

Riley will be available for adoption in a couple weeks, but if you’re interested in becoming a dog’s hero, learn more and sign up to foster at www.leoncountyhumane.org/get-involved/foster

If you’re unable to foster, consider donating, so that dogs like Riley can find a safe place to land and the care they need.

Smudge

Smudge came in to our program at 3 months old. Most cats are considered feral after being left unsocialized for the first two months, and even with years of patience, Smudge has generally been considered untouchable. But after 12 years, a lot can change. Since Smudge isn’t considered adoptable, (and is missing all her teeth,) there aren’t many options for a cat like her, and without LCHS, we know she’d never have made it this far.

Being a cat’s “chosen person” is a really wonderful thing, and letting Smudge live on her own terms is a testament to our commitment to rescue, and to each and every animal’s life having meaning.