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A Senior Citizen Was in the Lobby of a Rural Shelter in Tears

Updated: Nov 17, 2023

Helen was desperately trying to find a way to avoid surrendering her dog. Her husband had a stroke, and she’s having back surgery in a few days. She needed a temp foster for Tinkerbell, somewhere between 4 weeks and 4 months, while she recovers from surgery. Helen was desperate. She was running out of options and she was running out of time. She didn't want to surrender Tinkerbell, but she had waited for months for this surgery that she desperately needs.

Helen came to the shelter in a last ditch effort to keep Tinkerbell. We happened to run into her in the lobby of the shelter while we were there evaluating another dog for transport.

Susan Merrill realized Helen was upset and talked to her. We learned that the story was actually even more involved. Helen's husband and Tinkerbell are very bonded, and Helen knew he would be devastated if she surrendered Tinkerbell.

With so many people dumping dogs every day, we were struck by Helen's desire to keep Tinkerbell, despite her own very difficult personal situation.

We put out a public plea for help, and Carrie graciously offered to foster Tinkerbell. Gayle Gallagher also offered to help, so she can be the backup when Carrie is out of town. Diana Allen offered to transport her from Lake City to Jacksonville, so all the stars aligned.

Thanks to the kindness of strangers, Tinkerbell is now safe and settling in with Carrie and her two dogs, instead of landing in a shelter. When Helen is recovered, we will reunite them. Until then, Tinkerbell is safe with FUR, and we'll treat her like one of our own foster pups. Thank you Susan, Carrie, Gayle and Diana for going above and beyond to keep this family together!

𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗙𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗘𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘀 In addition to helping urgent animals, FUR also helps people facing personal emergencies or crises, including: — People who have financial difficulties and cannot afford to care for their pets — People going into hospice or dealing with illnesses — People who have lost a spouse/partner, or have a family member going into long term care — Senior citizens or families in crisis wh

o are unable to care for their pets — People with physical or emotional problems who need a service or emotional support dog.

Too many Individuals and families facing personal emergencies are faced with a heartbreaking decision of what to do with a beloved pet. Surrendering a pet to a shelter where they may be killed for space is devastating, especially to people who are already vulnerable.

By taking them into FUR, we can give them the peace of mind knowing that their pet will be safe, and will receive the love, attention and care they deserve. FUR has taken in numerous animals from people who have g

one into hospice, who are physically unable to care for them, or who have passed away and no family members can take them in.

To Foster: To Adopt: To Donate: — Credit Card: — Venmo: @FloridaUrgentRescue — PayPal: — CashApp: $FloridaUrgentRescue — Mail: Florida Urgent Rescue 7643 Gate Parkway #104-27 Jacksonville, FL 32256

𝗙𝗨𝗥 𝗠𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗛𝗟𝗬 𝗚𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗠 Sick and injured animals need help fast. Every donation helps, but Monthly donors give us flexibility to respond immediately when th

ere is an emergency. When there is a hoarding case or a hurricane, a dog with a gunshot wound or a cruelty case, we have to act quickly. We don't have time to do a fundraiser, and wait for those funds to get to us. Your monthly donation can help us save lives again and again. To learn more, please visit:

Florida Urgent Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and FUR earned a Four-Star Rating on Charity Navigator, the highest possible rating. FUR also received a 2023 Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency by Guidestar, and is a 2023 Top Rated Nonprofit on Great Nonprofits. Learn more about FUR at:


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