Tag: Flagler Humane Society

Firefighters save dogs

Ashley’s heroes. These firefighters saved Ashley and four other dogs from a wildfire in Florida. 

I enjoy what I do. I write for two small town newspapers in Florida. The kind of paper that focuses on local events.

Yesterday my assignment took me to the Flagler Emergency Operations Center. Three firefighters were being recognized by the Flagler Humane Society for actually going into a wildfire to save five dogs in the yard on March 24.

As I arrived I saw two employees of the Flagler Animal Hospital and the Executive Director of the Flagler Humane Society walking toward the front door. What made me jump out of the car and dash toward them was seeing Ashley, one of two of the dogs burned in the fire. Ashley and Harley had suffered third-degree burns and I really didn’t expect to see either of them at the event.

Suddenly Ashley turned and started “talking,” as many hounds do, and pulled his handler toward women who had just gotten out of a truck. Soon he was on top of one of his owners, licking and loving.

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A heartwarming reunion.

The community came together for these animals, not just the firefighters (though they did the scariest act), but the Flagler Animal Hospital and, a non profit clinic, St. Francis Animal Hospital, in Jacksonville, and of course those generous souls who donated what they could to help pay for the medical bills.

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The Flagler Animal Service officer who responded to the firefighters call and took the two injured dogs to the hospital. Anyone want to say anything bad about “Dog Catchers?”

Harley couldn’t be at the event, he was on his way back to the animal hospital after undergoing 10 hyperbolic  treatments.

There was a presentation of plaques and certificates, but from the looks on the firefighter’s faces (each who had at least one dog of their own) the real thanks came from the dog himself as he licked and nuzzled his rescuers.

The dogs recovery will take time but they are in good, loving and talented hands. A wonderful reminder that there are some very special people in this world who do some very extraordinary things on daily basis.

The humane society is accepting donations http://bit.ly/2nrddU1 (type “Ashley and Harley” or “emergency medical fund,” into the notes section), to help pay for the medical care for the dogs.

Most humane societies have emergency funds for catastrophic events and appreciate donations so they can be prepared for a disaster. Donate to yours today.

Is your shelter expecting?

It’s the first day of March, and in Florida and other southern climates, that means Kitten and Puppy season is about to begin. Our northern neighbors may have a couple more months, but not us.

I received this poster in my email from a local shelter and it reminded me that while they certainly need loving homes to adopt the incoming litters of kittens and puppies, they also need help with supplies.


So , throw a baby shower for your shelter. New items, gently used, I guarantee they won’t care. Towels, wet kitten food, and litter. Stop by your shelter today. They will be glad to see you.

Is your shelter having an event to raise funds or supplies? Send me their poster.

A community comes together to save a 6-month-old dog


There’s a happy ending.

So many criticize their local animal control officers and humane societies. These folks have the jobs that you have to have a passion for because the thanks are few.

I always encourage people to get the facts. Too often we read something online, or even in the newspaper or on the TV news, and we take it as truth without really knowing.  I’ve interviewed people who tell me about awful conditions and treatment, only to find they have never been to the shelter or rescue — “they’ve heard.”

This is a story of teamwork

One animal control officer I know responded to a call about a stray dog running through town.

What he found will break your heart. What happened next will reaffirm your faith in people.

Abby, as she has been dubbed, was starving to death. Every single rib bone and hip bone, pressed through her white coat. She was eating every day but she was starving. She was eating garbage, literally. Chicken bones, and rocks, and a corn cob (lodged like a cork in her intestine) had been her diet.

Abby was taken to Flagler Humane Society in Flagler County, Florida. She was close to death according to Director Amy Carotenuto.

They took Abby to a veterinary hospital that provides x-rays to the shelter. Abby was soon in surgery.

Shelter staff and volunteers put out a plea for funds on Facebook and $750 was quickly raised for the operation. The surgery was more than $2,000, but the vet waived the balance.

I hope all of the people who donated money have seen what a difference they made in one 6-month-old dog’s life.

I want you to see Abby now, less than two weeks after she was rescued. Just scroll to the end – a smile awaits.

Abby’s angels:

  • The animal control officer Keith
  • Amy Carotenuto and the staff at Flagler Humane Society
  • Dr. Andrea James – the FHS veterinarian
  • Dr. Kelly Long – veterinarian at Tomoka Pines Veterinary Hospital/Ormond Beach (and his staff)
  • Donors who paid for Abby’s surgery


Flagler Humane Society in Palm Coast, Florida helps organizations in disaster

One of many dogs given shelter by caring organizations like Flagler Humane Society
One of many dogs given shelter by caring organizations like Flagler Humane Society
A van full of food left the Flagler Humane Society for the animals and organizations affected by the South Carolina flooding.
It was late by the time the staff at the Flagler Humane Society in Palm Coast, Florida, got the animals. The animals are all available for adoption.
It was late by the time the staff at the Flagler Humane Society in Palm Coast, Florida, got the animals. The animals are all available for adoption.