Humane Society London & Middlesex

Lerners Lawyers Giveaway selection committee,

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the impact that Humane Society London & Middlesex has had on me. I believe they would be extremely deserving recipients of the Lerners LLP 90th Anniversary Charitable Giveaway.

The Humane Society London & Middlesex has been serving our community for 120 years. It is difficult to even comprehend the sheer number of animals they have helped in this amount of time, all without any direct government funding. What many may not realize is that for every animal the Humane Society helps, they end up helping a person or family as well. I hope that my story exemplifies this.

In spring of 2017, I was really struggling from a mental health perspective. I had unexpectedly lost my father – my only parent, and was having a hard time navigating my grief. Additionally, I was facing a physical injury which – as a fulltime track and field athlete and Olympic hopeful – was putting my career in jeopardy. Wanting a healthy distraction, I went to the Humane Society in hopes of filling out a foster application. Instead, I ended up falling in love with a big, old, reactive husky named Chuck – and my life has not been the same since.

Chuck had been at the Humane Society for over 4 months and was nearly twice the age of any other dog there. The second I saw him I knew he was supposed to be with me. A few days later my application to adopt Chuck had been approved. The reaction of the Humane Society staff as they said their goodbyes to Chuck gave me a small glimpse of just how passionate, caring and dedicated they truly are. Many had tears of happiness in their eyes as they watched this sweet, deserving animal finally head to his forever home. They urged me to come back and visit – and every time I do I am moved to tears by their genuine happiness to see their old friend Chuck. These individuals cared for Chuck when no one else wanted him and did everything they could to ensure that he ended up with someone who adored and cherished him – and I still feel grateful every day that that person was me.

Chuck has truly changed my life and I have no one to thank except the Humane Society. It’s frightening to think what might have become of Chuck had he not been in the care of these remarkable people. Chuck gave me a new sense of purpose and added so much joy to my life. The love I have given him, he’s given back to me two-fold. He gives so much meaning to the animal adoption saying, “who saved who?”

I hope that you will consider the Humane Society London & Middlesex as a worthy candidate of this giveaway so that they can continue to help animals like Chuck, and people like me. Thank you.

Sincerely,

- Caroline

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