Lynne LeTart and Arawen
A few years ago, a stray cat arrived at our Woodbury location. She had been abused and was in terrible shape. Her face was wounded and she had an open gash in her leg. A medical examination revealed a broken tooth with an exposed nerve; a crushed nasal duct; and infections in her sinuses, chest, eyes, and ears.
Animal Humane Society staff began treating her and contacted our foster volunteers in search of a quiet, short-term home for this gentle cat they now called Lois. Meanwhile, they searched for a veterinary dentist willing to donate services to fix her painful tooth.
Foster volunteer Lynne LeTart offered to take Lois in and provide her with the temporary care she needed. When a week passed and no one had stepped forward to donate the dental surgery needed to repair Lois's tooth, Lynne decided to adopt this gentle cat and cover the cost of the needed surgery herself. She also brought her to an eye specialist, who helped her with her injured eye.
"Lois" made a full recovery, and was renamed Arawen. She developed a deep connection with Lynne, and began following her everywhere she went.
A year later, Lynne was diagnosed with breast cancer. This time, it was Arawen who offered support. She was Lynne's constant companion, staying by her side as she recovered, providing her with comfort and joy.
Lynne's bond with Arawen inspired her to join Animal Humane Society's Legacy Circle. By including us in her estate plans, she knows she'll be providing for animals like Arawen well into the future. "Arawen was so sick when she arrived at Animal Humane Society. They were able to help her and give her a second chance. I want to make sure they always have the resources they need to give animals like her a new beginning," Lynne explains.
As a benefit of becoming a Legacy Circle member, Lynne was able to enroll Arawen in Loved for Life, a program that offers to re-home your pet if you should pass away before they do. After the health scare Lynne went through when she discovered she had breast cancer, it gives her peace to know that Arawen will always be loved and cared for.
"Arawen always makes me smile. By including Animal Humane Society in my will, I'll be helping other animals and their new families get a chance for happiness, too."