Special Needs Dog Given Second Chance by Local Veteran and Wife

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

Tallahassee, FL - A special needs dog is given a second chance for a loving family by a local veteran and his wife. WCTV was there for the emotional introduction when the Leon County Humane Society brought Kimmie to her new forever home. New owner and United States Army Veteran, Larry Burnett says “it's an emotional event.” His wife Shirley Burnett says to Kimmie “Your master is looking down from heaven saying my prayers have been answered."

Kimmie was one of the many animals looking for a forever family at last weekends "Take me Home” adoption event in Tallahassee. Her previous owner passed away just before Christmas and her last wish was that Kimmie be placed in a good home. Shirley Burnett says to Kimmie when she holds her “oh my goodness, how beautiful, I just saw her heart. I didn't see her disability, I just saw her heart and I just knew that she would be perfect for us."

Larry Burnett served in the military in the 60's and was not injured while he was in the service but was later diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. Doctors told him he only had 6 months to live, that was three years ago. He says “it's so good knowing that I have her to join us and give me extra love and therapy each and every day. It's just amazing."

Pamela Houmere has been volunteering with the Leon County Humane Society for 34 years and has placed over 12 hundred dogs, cats and horses into loving homes. She says uniting homeless animals with good families like this is what it's all about. Houmere admits "it's a no brainer. When you see the pictures of these dogs and you hear the stories behind them, it's impossible to walk away and not do anything."

Although Larry and Kimmie may each be dealing with disabilities, they will be able to provide each other with unconditional love and companionship for years to come. Shirley Burnett says "words can't express what it means to have a forever friend"

Kimmie's brother is also currently up for adoption and is looking for his forever family. If you are interested in adopting a dog or cat or donating to help other homeless animals at the Leon County Humane Society at (850) 224-9193 or go to www.LCHS.info.


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