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Tales of Humanimality

FAAWO member agencies share inspiring stories of how their work strengthens the human-animal bond ... one person, one companion animal at a time.

  • 18 Mar 2020 10:18 AM | FAAWO (Administrator)

    Written by Kate MacFall, Florida Senior State Director, HSUS

    On February 25th the Humane Society of the United States assisted Dixie County Sheriff’s Office in a large animal cruelty case.  The HSUS Animal Rescue Team arrived at dawn in the pouring rain where they saw dozens of barking dogs housed in makeshift hutch-like cages throughout the property.  The dilapidated enclosures were caked with feces, leaking from the pouring rain and the stench was revolting. There were no permanent buildings on the property, just a mobile home and a few structures that appeared to be old campers.  The team removed all 145 dogs from the 5 acre property and they were taken to a safe location where they received the medical care they so badly needed.  Several of the dogs were missing hair while others were in need of dental care, but they all seemed to know their futures were bright.  The senior dogs pulled on my heartstrings the most. 

    The 5 individuals living on the property were charged with animal cruelty and the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office is actively working on the case now.  Most of the dogs have been received by our incredible shelter partners around Florida and a handful by our partners in other states.  Thank you to our wonderful shelter partners including:

    These shelters stepped up to take dogs from this case and we are grateful for the amazing work you do on behalf of animals all year long!  We were so pleased the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office reached out to the HSUS for help and we were so happy to assist.   

  • 10 Mar 2020 4:55 AM | FAAWO (Administrator)

    This story was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, March 1, 2020


    Eight-year-old Robbie Gay loves an underdog. An abused child who entered the foster care system before being adopted, he now goes to the Flagler County Humane Society in Palm Coast, Florida, determined to adopt as many dogs as his parents will allow. But not just any dogs.

    “Robbie's wish is that people will look at and consider adopting the often over looked older dogs. The older dogs are house trained, you know what type of temperament they have, you know how big they are going to be and they truly appreciate their second chance at life.  This kid has a resilience about him and the older dogs are like that as well.  We are so blessed that Robbie is a part of our Flagler Humane Society family.  We can't wait to host this year's Camp Pawprint, our summer camp with Robbie as our first attendee.”, said Amy Wade-Carotenuto, Executive Director, Flagler County Humane Society. 

    Flagler County Humane Society

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