One thing is clear: as a community, we love animals. For this month’s pet issue, we had so many cute, cuddly, and adoptable animals from South Lake Animal League (SLAL) as contenders for our cover we just could not decide which one to feature. Therefore, we reached out to our readers and asked you to visit our website to vote on your favorite. The participation was incredible. I have seen cover model contests before and I know they can be very popular, but not like this. We were inundated with votes day after day for more than a week until we had to bring the voting to a close. Our cover model, Ronnie, won by at least 30 percent of the vote.
Ronnie is very popular to say the least. He also is a very special little boy because he has only three legs. A car struck him and as a result, he had to have one of his legs amputated. With time and lots of love, Ronnie learned to live his life with only three limbs. Now, he is happy, vibrant, full of life, and has even become a fast runner.
Ronnie has overcome so much in his short life, so it is only fitting that after having our cover contest he would find his ‘fur’ever home. He now has someone to love him, nurture him, cuddle with him, and take him for walks — he finally has a place that he can call home.
However, there are hundreds of dogs and cats still in need of loving homes. As we prepared for this issue, our staff visited SLAL to see just how many are available. The numbers are shocking, especially since this is just one of many organizations here in Lake and Sumter that works tirelessly to give animals a second chance at life.
Something else we found was an amazing group of SLAL volunteers who are extremely passionate about what they do. They are on a mission to find loving families for the abandoned animals within our community, and that is something to be admired.
I commend SLAL for its community service, and after having the pleasure of making them a part of our pet issue, I am certain there are heavenly angels here on earth.
We hope you enjoy the issue,