Why I do what I do

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, October 27, 2016

I’m often receiving letters of gratitude, prayers and contributions to my cause. More often than not, all these arrive in a single letter. Most are for animals that you’ve read about, such as sweet little Johnny. Johnny is doing well, much thanks to those who are helping with his bills. As I often said, there are many others whose tales are never told, but their owners are aware. 



I would like to share a recent letter I received and hopefully you’ll all agree it’s why I do what I do.

“Lenny: I know it’s long past due but I wanted to thank you for sponsoring my dog Jolene and her surgery in May of this year. Thanks to your generosity and the skillful hands of Dr. Waldron and her caring crew at Upstate Veterinary Specialists, Jolene’s herniated disk was repaired with 100 percent success, and as a result, she’s as playful, energetic, rambunctious and loving as she has ever been.

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My quality of life has been improved immeasurably by Jolene and knowing her life has been improved and lengthened by your selfish act is humbling.

This is one of those few times in life where one must accept that he or she is quite literally unable to reciprocate the gift that has been given them.

I must simply accept the fact that I needed your help and you were there to give it. Thank you again for your contribution to my life and to Jolene’s life. Please do not hesitate to reach out, should you need anything.


To all of you who support my cause in so many ways, this letter and so many others like it are meant just as much for you as for me. I am merely a voice for my kids; all of you are the microphone that allows me to be heard, loud and clear.

As always, bless you all. And thanks for listening.