Merry Christmas from Leon

We first met this brave dog when we rescued him and 57 other animals in a raid on a deplorable puppy mill on Oct. 3, 2014. CHHS was on the scene that day working side by side with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Charlotte. The first veterinary exams for all 58 scared, cold and shivering animals took place on board our medical/rescue vehicle, the H.E.A.R.T. of North Carolina.

We decided to name one of the rescued Shih Tzus "Leon" - in honor of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Lieutenant who helped negotiate the surrender of the animals from the puppy mill owner.


Leon became the CHHS "poster dog" for the animals we rescued that long day. Fourteen hours after leaving our shelter, we arrived back at CHHS and for Leon - for the first time - began a new life that included plenty of love, personal affection and attention, nutritious meals, veterinary care, and warmth and safety.


Even with a beautiful 10-acre campus, an amazing crew of dedicated staff and volunteers, and a humane society that world-renowned dog trainer and Animal Planet star Victoria Stilwell called this year "a model shelter", Team CHHS knew our work on behalf of Leon and his friends had just begun. It would soon be time to find for Leon a loving, forever home with humans who understood responsible pet ownership and who could return to Leon the unconditional love he so freely gave.

And find that home we did. With an incredibly loving and local family who coincidentally adopted another Shih Tzu from CHHS just years earlier. Leon now has a new adopted brother named Charlie, and a beautiful human family who loves and cherishes him as much as we did in the brief time that Leon graced our lives at the shelter.


This is why we do what we do.

For the thousands of animals we have rescued during the past 27 years, our no-kill shelter has been their only hope. Please support our lifesaving work and consider a generous year-end tax deductible gift to support our mission of rescue, spay/neuter, compassionate care, and forever homes. You can donate online by clicking the link below, or mail your check to: CHHS, P.O. Box 638, Cashiers, NC 28717.


On behalf of Leon, his new forever family, and all of us at the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, we thank you for your support and we wish for you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a joyous and happy holiday season.

For the animals,

David Stroud, Executive Director
Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society

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