On the last day of 2003, Regan and I welcomed our beautiful baby boy, Ben into our family, our first child. But that next year we made a very tough decision to surrender our little girl Jackie, a very playful 4 year old black lab to the shelter, who didn’t know how to handle herself around a new baby. We gained one to our family …but we had lost one too, or at least we had thought. On that very tough day that we surrendered Jackie to the Door County Humane Society, I remember walking into the shelter shaking I was so scared. I kept asking myself over and over if we were doing the right thing. We were also worried about where and who Jackie would live her days with and how they would treat her. Thankfully, right way, we were greeted by a very warm and compassionate Humane Society staff person who made us feel better about our decision. The young lady was very supportive and understanding … but most importantly, I could tell that they were going to do the best thing for Jackie. In a few weeks, we learned that Jackie had been adopted. Jackie’s new family, Ted & Nancy Laitner were kind enough to reach out to us and even welcome us into their home to see Jackie. In fact, every now and then when Nancy would drive through Fish Creek with Jackie, she would bring her into the YMCA where I was working so that I could get a few minutes with my little girl.
My family is so grateful and we want to share this story because it was the Door County Humane Society who made this all possible. I am certain that each day there are many stories just like my family’s that are created because of the great work happening at our County’s only shelter. What’s even more inspiring is that now with the renovations that are underway; these animals are going to receive even better care and support as they find their new families. Please, we encourage you, to consider a gift, to take action to support the Door County Humane Society’s TADA (Take Action for Deserving Animals) Capital Campaign effort so that great animals like Jackie can continue to find a family to care for them.
Last summer as I was getting the mail, I had noticed tucked in at the bottom of our mailbox was a card addressed to Regan and me from our friends, the Laitners. Nancy wrote us to let us know that Jackie had unfortunately had some intestinal problems and had passed away. She struggled to tell us in person because it was so hard but she reminded us again how grateful they were that Jackie had come into their lives. It also reminded me how grateful we were that the Door County Humane Society and the Laitners had come into ours. TADA!
Capital Campaign Co-Chair
Door County Humane Society