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A memorable quote
I believe this quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. should be printed as a reminder about peace during this season.
 "If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone; no nation can live alone, and as long as we try, the more we are going to have war in this world. Now the judgment of God is upon us, and we must either learn to live together as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools."
Martin Luther King Jr
 Thank you.
Nancy Bell
Oxford, FL
A Golden Opportunity This Christmas Season
This Christmas season will be one to remember for many devoted people, some who care for the elderly and some who rescue animals. It began on November 18th, when the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County received an email amongst many in a network of people and agencies helping seniors in need within our community. Home Instead Senior Care in Leesburg contacted Mid-Florida Community Services explaining that an elderly resident in Wildwood, Jean, recently had her beloved Golden Retriever pass away and she was in hope of finding another adult Golden to train her to assist in her daily life.
A few weeks went by, yet this request was kept in mind as the Society receives many specific requests they try to address if possible. As the HS/SPCA’s Animal In-Take Coordinator Sheri Evans makes regular visits taking in adoptable animals from Sumter’s Animal Control facility, she would rescue and place them within the Society’s foster network until their adoption. The blessing of this specific situation was that Ms. Evans noticed a sweet mature female Golden Retriever named Shalimar, a very recent owner surrender, in one of the kennels. Most senior animals have poorer chances for adoption as there are tragically so many younger animals not even being given a chance at a happy forever life with someone. So this dog’s odds were very low for adoption if it weren’t for this “Golden” opportunity! The fates must have heard their wishes just at the right time when they needed each other.
Ms. Evans immediately contacted Cheryl Courtright, Manager of Comfort Keepers in The Villages, who facilitated the adoption process and made it possible for Jean and Sheri to conduct an interview then arrange for the clandestine pairing of Jean with Shalimar on Friday, December 16th.  Needless to say, Christmas came early for both of them and it was love at first sight! Shalimar sat next to Jean and gently offered her paw with gratitude and love for another blessed chance. Jean smiled from ear to ear finding a new best friend as well to share their days together.
The Humane Society/SPCA couldn’t be happier knowing that they helped better two more lives. This is what it’s all about. The Society encourages adoptions of older animals because they are more than likely already housebroken, calm and reliable.
Caring for them can be easier and less stressful than younger pets and not require the added attention or training as it does to raise a younger pet. If you wish to support the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County in their efforts to better the lives of both people and animals, you can contact them at www.hsspca.org, info@hsspca.org or 352-793-9117. Their mailing address is PO Box 67 Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538.
PS- We here they’re doing wonderfully and getting to know each other! This will be a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for this new family!