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Harriet Lewis

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Tri County Humane Society
August 31, 2011

First let me say that dogs and cats and my husband are truly my life. In my spare time I manage a law firm and practice law. I first visited Tri-County Humane Society after losing my 2 rescue cats., who were in their 20's The only remaining cat, Scruffie, needed a friend. I went to Tri-County, sat down on the floor in the cat room, and a pretty big orange Maine Coon cat came over and sat in my lap purring louder than any cat I have ever heard. I was told he had been at Tri-County for 6 months. After one-half hour, I knew he was the one, and he came home with me. I named him Huey, as his last name was Lewis. Hence, Huey Lewis came to live with me. He wasn't undernourished or sick. He wasn't flea infested or dirty. For having been at Tri-County for 6 months he was in remarkably good health. Obviously, he couldn't take care of himself , but he was well taken care of.

At the time, my husband and I had four dogs, i.e., a rescue Chow, who had a purple heart and was at 911, another rescue Chow, who was left to die at the side of the road in Ocala, full of buckshot and heartworms, a poodle/terrier mix, that came from "death row" at the Dade County Humane Society 12 years before, and a black and white jumbo Newfoundland. I checked the Tri-County web page just out of curiosity at least once a week just to see how they were doing when I spotted "Polar Bear". He was a cream color Chow with cocoa brown ears and about 8 months old. Someone had cut the chain that was around his neck at a junk yard and brought him to Tri-County. His neck was raw and he was so matted he had to be shaved from his neck through his tail. He had no name, no training and no social skills. I went to Tri-County every day for over one week to walk him and play with him. I brought my husband to meet him, and he was totally against adopting him. An untrained Chow could be a problem he said. I brought him home three years ago. He is one of the most lovable, beautiful, happy dogs I have ever seen. He is so thankful to be with us. I am so thankful that Tri-County took him in and took care of him for months until I came along again. They saved Murphy's life.
I became a Board Member of the Tri-County Humane Society a little over one year ago, after I witnessed the unbelievable work the individuals associated with it do for animals. We are having our Doggie Ball on March 18th, 2012 and, as it should be, Murphy is the Grand Marshall Dog for the Doggie Ball. He is the doggie representative for all of the dogs that were rescued by Tri-County before him and after him. Without Tri-County, thousands of nameless dogs and cats would no longer be with us. Thank you Tri-County for Huey and Murphy and all the happiness you have provided me and my family.

Harriet Lewis-Mooney

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

both adopting a cat and a dog from them, that any other shelter would have euthanized within weeks of accepting them. Tri-County is a "no kill" shelter, and my cat and dog were well taken care of until their adoption by me. They saved their lives and I am forever greatful to them

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing ! They are just great!

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Adopted two rescue animals from Tri-County, and joined the Board of Directors after I witnessed first hand the unbelievable job Tri-County does for animals.