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December 1, 2019
Howard

"Momma"

In the animal welfare field we are often ask how we can work with the sadness of helping homeless animals day in and day out. The following letter is from Howard, one of our hardest working volunteers who you may have seen around town helping animals get adopted into loving homes. This story embodies how and why we do what we do.

Yesterday as I was beginning my day set-up in front of Tractor Supply, I met a gentleman who mentioned that he had adopted a dog from the Flagler Humane Society somewhat recently. I have been volunteering long enough that unfortunately I do forget details whenever dogs are adopted but I always ask hoping that I do. This man only had to say the dog he adopted was named "Momma" & I immediately knew exactly which dog he was talking about.

"Momma" had come to several Outreach events at the beginning of the year. Although she wasn't especially old, you could clearly see that her life was probably not that easy upon arriving at the shelter. Although she had a gentle personality, it was obvious that she had some health issues and when you first looked at her you could tell she had been used for breeding many more times than was necessary.

It was a few months later that she was adopted. Although I wasn't involved, I felt a sigh of relief when I got the news and wished her, like I do all the animals we adopt, a much happier life going forward.

So when I asked the man how she was doing, he said "She's right here in my car if you'd like to see her." I followed him to his car and when he opened up the door, there she was. However this was not the same dog as I remembered.

This version of "Momma" no longer looked like a "shelter dog", now she looked very content and well taken care of … I was pretty sure she still remembered me, but I'd be just as happy if she 100% forgot life before her new family. Seeing her so happy carried over & for the rest of the day I was in a good mood. The man said she'd been doing well with the other family pets and below are the photos the man sent to me when I asked.

Jose, I know I stand for everyone associated with the Flagler Humane Society in saying "Thank You" for taking a chance on this deserving dog …. these photos are the greatest early Christmas gift you could give to the people who did the best they could to keep her spirits up until she found you.

Thank You,
Howard