PALM CITY — The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast recently had a visit from a very special little girl named Hannah Walsh. She brought gift bags that she made to be given to folks adopting a new dog.
I happened to be volunteering at the shelter later that day and when I noticed the bright yellow gift bags on the counter in the lobby, I wondered where they had come from. I found out that Hannah had hand delivered them. The story of why she wanted to make this generous gesture brought me to tears.
Delivered with the gift bags was a letter that Hannah wrote and recited, which read as follows:
“Hi, my name is Hannah and I’m 5 years old. A few months ago I lost my best friend, Lula. She was my doggie for my whole life and my brother’s whole life. My parents adopted Lula from a shelter in Jacksonville. She was in our family for 10 years. We miss Lula every single day. She was the best dog. We made these bags as a way for me to remember Lula and do something nice for people who are adopting shelter dogs. Some of her favorite things are in these bags. She loved treats and toys. I hope you enjoy your new doggie and I hope you will have a dog just like Lula.
We want to thank Hannah and her family for this beautiful gesture and express our gratitude to the many, many members of this great community who help the HSTC save and enrich the lives of companion animals in countless ways every single day.What a pure and heartfelt expression of love in memory of Hannah’s dog, Lula. I am sure that each adopter who received one of Hannah’s gift bags was moved as much as I was and I imagine each of you reading this column can say the same.
The HSTC does not euthanize healthy, adoptable animals to create space or place any time limits on its adoptable animals. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822.