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A Tiny, Terrified Dog Named Chili!

A Tiny, Terrified Dog Named Chili!

A Tiny, Terrified Dog Named Chili!

Chili being brave!

Just imagine: you’re a tiny dog in a world of seemingly threatening giants, running loose for at least 2 months and terrified of everything. At just 8lbs almost everything is bigger than you. Your nervous system is in a constant state of fight or flight. You have to scrounge wherever and whatever you can for both food and water. You have to find your own shelter when darkness falls, or in bad weather. There is never any peace, which is utterly, completely exhausting.

This was Chili’s recent history until he was rescued. He was spotted staying pretty close to The Michigan Auto Compressor plant in Parma, MI. After months of trying to catch the little guy a policeman, luring Chili by the promise of an easy meal, finally trapped him.

Initially Chili was brought to The Jackson County Animal Shelter on Spring Arbor Road, in Jackson, MI. Two of CHS’s volunteers—Joel and Paula Freehling—also spend time volunteering at Jackson County Animal Shelter. They recognized that Chili’s behavior was fear-based. We were told that at JCAS Chili spent all of his time cowering in the back of his kennel shaking with fear and snapping at anyone who tried to approach him.

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It was soon decided to give Chili a chance to recover at Cascades Humane Society. It was very clear that Chili needed a lot of extra work and time to see if he could build any sort of trust with humans. Time and extra resources are both in short supply at many shelters. It’s just not there to give to dogs like Chili. It also takes a lot more money to house a dog like Chili because it takes so much more time to recondition them. Unfortunately, very often dogs like Chili will be euthanized. This is no one’s fault, but it is a troubling fact of shelter life for many dogs.

Chili: risking contact, approaching Sue’s dog Peanut.

Once Chili was transferred to CHS our Director of Operations, Sue Chambers, stepped in to help the dog. Chili spent all of his time in Sue’s office. He hid most of the time under Sue’s desk. She knew Chili needed time before he would be able to approach people. Sue made no attempt to approach Chili. She ignored him. She did, however, often throw treats to Chili. She just patiently waited for the dog to approach her.

Sue often brings one of her own dogs, a Chihuahua named Peanut, to work with her. It was thought that by watching Peanut interact positively with people, Chili might be encouraged to do the same. Over several weeks this did seem to bolster Chili’s confidence with people. He is now showing more curiosity and less fear of people in general. Chili’s not home free, but he’s making great progress. He now will even come up to Sue and give here kisses! Given enough time, Chili will make someone a great companion.

It is only through the support of donations from our many supporters that CHS can take the time to work with dogs like Chili. CHS receives no support from any city or government source. Please consider clicking the link below so we can keep helping dogs like Chili. Truly, every dollar counts!


Special needs pets can offer special joy!

Special needs pets can offer special joy!

Here at CHS we often have animals come in that have some kind of physical disability. At least that’s what the world would call it. They come in missing a limb, or an eye, or are deaf, blind or have some sort of sight or hearing impairment. Some animals even have multiple impairments.

Many of these animals are our best teachers. Unlike people, animals adjust amazingly quickly to the loss of a limb, loss of sight or hearing. They experience no sense of loss. They simply adjust to their new reality. Animals are a great example of embracing the present moment. There can be no loss experienced in that. It is just a new way of being in the world.

These animals often take longer to find homes because of our human fear of their apparent deficits. Here at CHS, what we find interesting is that often these animals seem to bring an even greater joy than usual to their new families. We’ve seen that time and again.

We had an exceptionally beautiful, young, friendly, deaf cat here for a really long time. Her name was Sophie. Once she was adopted the family was thrilled with her. They knew they had adopted a really fabulous cat. And Sophie, was more than thankful to be rescued!

One of our staff members recently adopted a dog here that had all 4 legs, but one leg dangled uselessly. The dog sat here for awhile with no visitors. Nothing about her damaged leg needed further veterinarian treatment, but it clearly turned off potential adopters. The dog was well-used to her leg as it was. Our staff member Crystal, see lots of dogs throughout the year. She could have adopted any of them.

Yet, she chose Lydia. She saw the special quality of warmth and intelligence in Lydia’s beautiful brown eyes. Crystal saw the dog’s abilities—not her disabilities.

And that’s what we ask of you. Look first at the animal’s positive characteristics. There is often something special—and overlooked—about an animal with some sort of physical impairment. We don’t know why it works that way, but it sure seems to be the case.

If you are interested in an animal with a physical disability, please know that when you adopted a dog or cat here at CHS your will receive a wellness certificate. The certificate lists 23 area veterinarians. Any of these veterinarians will provide you with a wellness exam of your animal, at no cost to you, as long as the exam is scheduled within 2 weeks of the adoption. A wellness exam normally costs between $45 and $60. This is completely free.

Adopters can use their wellness exam to ask their veterinarian any key questions about their new pet’s medical condition. This should help quiet any fears that you may have about your new pet.

The sense of extra joy derived from adopting special needs animals is very real. But don’t take our word for it. Try it for yourself.

Unleash Your Heart Gala 2017

Unleash Your Heart Gala 2017

Join us for a spectacular evening out celebrating
Cascades Humane Society!

Saturday, September 9, 2017
5:30-10 p.m.
Country Club of Jackson
3135 Horton Rd, Jackson
$75 per person

All proceeds benefit Cascades Humane Society.
Tickets are limited and can be purchased at

Party Attire Recommended.
Sorry, pets need to stay home for this event.

Purchase Tickets! »



5:30 p.m.
Upon arrival at the gala, please check in at our registration table and enjoy the cocktail reception! Inside the Country Club of Jackson, you will find a selection of hors d’oeuvres awaiting you, a cash bar, live music by Ian Stewart, a continuous looping of the Pet Tribute Honor Roll, and silent auction items beckoning to be bid on!

7 p.m.
Welcome to the Gala

7:30 p.m.

8:45 p.m.
Live Auction

10 p.m.
Evening Concludes


Celebrate your pet with a photo in the Pet Tribute Honor Roll! This presentation will run continuously throughout the gala and is a wonderful way to recognize your most loved companions. Instructions to show off your furry friend are available during ticket purchase and is only $10!


Tickets are limited and can be purchased by clicking here or by coming into CHS. Your name will be automatically added to the registration list, no paper tickets will be given. Pet Tribute Honor Roll submissions are $10 and can be purchased at the same time as your tickets (please send your photo).

For additional information, please contact Heather Leszczynski
at or call 517-787-7387 ext 111.

We’re Expanding

We’re Expanding

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday October 5, 2017
11am – 12pm
Light refreshments will be served and tours of the facility (including the new space!) will be available.


“This is a very exciting time for everyone involved at CHS. This expansion has been a dream come true. We are looking forward to housing more animals and better serving the Jackson community,” says Executive Director Heather Leszczynski. With the additional space in dog holding, Mrs. Leszczynski estimates the ability to house 11 more dogs at any given time. “This may not seem like a big number, however, it will help ensure that as dogs get adopted, we have dogs to replace them on the adoption floor. All too often we have dogs that are waiting to be spayed or neutered, or on a stray hold, and they cannot be made available yet. That means cages sit empty on the adoption floor, which leaves the public with less choices. It also means less dogs being looked at and therefore adopted. That is something we want to avoid.”

The additional surgery space means not only more space to perform surgeries, but that all medical and surgical supplies can be housed in the same area, creating a more efficient use of space. This will also allow CHS to move their examination room to the new surgical suite, making room for a few more cat cages.

“As a limited in-take, no-kill shelter, every cage is a life saved. The more cages we have, the more animals we can house, and more of a difference we can make for abandoned animals”. CHS adopted 988 animals in 2015 and more than 1,130 animals in 2016. If this trend continues, CHS will need every bit of space to help, and more donations to ensure each animal is cared for appropriately.

Every animal that comes to CHS is spayed or neutered, brought up-to-date on vaccines, disease tested, and given all the necessary medical attention they need prior to being adopted. “While we feel it is important and necessary that these animals are as ready for their forever homes as possible, it costs CHS more than what we make in the adoption fees. Doing more adoptions means we need more funding to ensure these animals get all the care they deserve.”

The new addition is possible due to the generosity of the Weatherwax Foundation and a bequest from a supporter. “We are so grateful to the Weatherwax foundation for all the support they have shown CHS over the years. We are so thankful that they feel a special connection to our mission — connecting animals in need with people who care — and that they were willing to help fund our dream of an expansion,” says Leszczynski. The bequest gift is allowing CHS to build the bigger and improved dog holding area. “We were lucky that this donor thought to put CHS in her will. She was a dog lover so we wanted to do something special with her gift and thought there was nothing better than helping more dogs get adopted. We hope others can see what a huge impact planned giving can have on a non-profit organization and think to include places like CHS in their estate planning and wills.”

O’Harrow Construction will be responsible for making the new addition plans come to life and AE Design is handling all the architecture and design. Above is a diagram showing where the expansion will be added.

Check out the progress:


2018 Calendar Contest Winner

2018 Calendar Contest Winner

The winner is Libby McCown! Congratulations!

Thank you to all the participants! Every penny raised goes to help care for the animals at Cascades Humane Society!

Here’s your 2018 calendar lineup:

Here’s how the final votes shaped up.

Libby McCown 1514
Gus Gus Kerwin 1465
Buster Snoops Nevins 1445
Spirit Lovell 1369
Tank Mays 1197
Roscoe Smith 972
Kiwi Hami 939
Boomer Davenport 882
Bailey Crites 760
Wilbur Fracker 760
Zoey Kaywood 729
Chai Freeland 676
Jovie Johnson 660
Paris Galardi 637
Lenny Fletcher Levy-Poling 537
Chassis Wilkinson 520
Tyson Breslin 505
Ace Zoey Inosencio 290
Hope Konieczki 245
Chance Smithson 238
Clara Elvis Piotrowski 234
Lucy Frankie Gilpin 231
Boomer Smith 225
Murphy Brown 214
Jack Surline 147
Roscoe Froedtert 145
Riley Putra 129
Briggs Kofflin 121
Gunner Kok 114
Pyper Skinner 109
Roscoe P Coletrain 106
Wilma Charlie Voncina 106
Faith Sargent 104
Daisey Mae Madi Rowe 101
Cash Mac Rutz 87
Jake Elwood Maybourne 86
Phyllis Bicknell 86
Rosemary CHS 83
Teddy Kulka 83
George Medley 81
Gracie Kia Finton 68
Rockey Piotrowski 64
Clyde Kaiser Eleanor Krutsch 63
Mariachi Ramirez 61
Harvey Stern 58
Penny Princeton Bryan 58
Maizie Teeples 55
Trubel Barrett 52
Calle CHS 45
Rigby Frew 45
Brantley Weller 44
Jenni Huver 42
Bo CHS 40
Wrigley Tonks Vetter 40
Luna Deptula 39
Frieda CHS 37
Cammie Colwell 36
Carlos CHS 34
Dainty CHS 34
Millie Lahti Schlecte 33
Patty CHS 32
Nugget Rutledge 31
Marge Dolinski 28
Sam Sanders 28
Scout Humberger 27
Benny French 26
Diva Brand 26
Dory Anderson 25
Monty Nordhougen 25
Sofie Adler 25
Roscoe Page 24
Ziggy Avis 22
Ivy Weeks 19
Kayla Emberton 19
Princess Smudge Parker 19
Chloe Huckleberry Jamieson 18
Panda Henry Rebescher 17
Syrah Cosmo Brege 17
Eddie Dunham 15
Minnie Smith 11
Niles Keck 10
Murphy Annie Jimenez 8
Choley Lougheed 7
Sophie Hendricks 7
Miggy Maverick Evans 6
Tank Knox 6
Alice Welch 5
Bentley Osborne 5
Dwight Dash 5
Jax Nero Prater 5
LittleDog Kubota Nelson 5
Maggie Willis 5
Minnie Debose 5
Mazie Schmude 3

Lovely Lily: the Cat with the Frostbitten Ears

Lovely Lily: the Cat with the Frostbitten Ears

There are still many folks that still believe just because an animal has a ‘fur coat’ that it will fare just fine in any cold weather. This is so not true. The most vulnerable parts of a cat or dog’s anatomy are their paws, especially the toes and pads, their tails, and the tips of their ears.

Frostbite is very painful. When the body’s core temperature drops (hypothermia) the body’s first defense is to withdraw blood flow to the extremities to protect core organs. Ice crystals then form in the affected area. The skin can change color, from very pale or light bluish to very black. Frostbitten areas will often slough off some the affected, dead skin. The ice formation can kill or severely damage the frostbitten areas.

Lily arrived at CHS as a transfer from another shelter. She had three very young kittens with her when she first arrived. At first Lily went into a foster home because her kittens were too young to be adopted. Once the kittens matured they were all quickly adopted out to loving homes.

With Lily, It was clear that her ears had been frostbitten in the past. The photos tell the story, but they can’t illuminate the pain that Lily must have suffered.

In Lily’s case, fortunately the only area affected was her ears. Lily has an amazing, friendly personality. It wasn’t long before she caught the eye of an adopter and went home to a loving family. In less than two weeks after she became available she was adopted by Sarah Ragan.

We don’t know what happened to Lily. How did she wind up outdoors in weather so cold her ears were severely frostbitten? Was she just a stray cat that escaped her owner? Maybe she was dumped when an owner grew tired of her. Unfortunately, these questions can never be answered. Sadly, all of these scenarios can happen to our pets at any time.

Frostbite is very painful. When the body’s core temperature drops (hypothermia) the body’s first defense is to withdraw blood flow to the extremities to protect core organs. Ice crystals then form in the affected area. The skin can change color, from very pale or light bluish to very black. Frostbitten areas will often slough off some the affected, dead skin. The ice formation can kill or severely damage the frostbitten areas.

Once the affected area is warmed up and feeling returns, the animal experiences a lot of pain. Often the damaged portion needs to be removed for the animal to be relieved of its suffering. If not, exposure to cold will always bring a return to pain in the frostbitten area.

Cold weather can be a real danger to all mammals, including dogs and cats. There’s a lot of misinformation and strange beliefs out there when it comes to proper animal care. There’s a substantial number of folks in the world—in the USA as well—that never allow any of their pets indoors. Many people do provide adequate, warm shelter for their animals in colder climates, but there’s always some that do not—with devastating consequences for the animals when the temperatures drop too low.

How Frostbite Occurs:
Frostbite occurs when animals are left outside and unprotected during cold weather. However, falling temperatures aren’t the only culprit affecting this painful condition. Wind chill, dampness from rain or snowfall—wetness from just going for a swim—can quickly bring on a chill resulting in hypothermia (lowered body temperature) and frostbite. The Activity level of an animal can also greatly affect the impact of temperature change on their bodies. Greater activity produces greater warmth. Dogs contained in a small, outdoor space or chained to the ground may not be able to generate enough body heat to stave off hypothermia and frostbite.

What You Can Do:
Pay close attention to your animals’ behavior when they are outside. If your dog is shivering, whining, generally acting uncomfortable, or holding up a paw it’s probably time to go inside. If your animals must stay outside make sure they have adequate shelter and bedding which protects them from the wind and cold. Clean, dry straw works well in a doghouse or in an enclosed home for your outside cat to burrow in to stay out of the cold.

Temperature Checklist:
All dogs and cats should be brought inside if temperatures fall below 20º f. Smaller dogs, cats and animals with thin sparse or thin coats will feel the cold much more quickly. These animals should be brought inside at 32º f or when they are exhibiting signs of discomfort from the cold.

2018 Calendar Photo Contest

2018 Calendar Photo Contest

Does your pet have what it takes to be a model?

The model search for the 2018 Cascades Humane Society calendar has begun! Freeland Photography will be scheduling photo sessions for Friday, February 24, Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 to capture the perfect photo of your pet(s)! Our annual calendar contest is a fundraiser requiring a donation to Cascades Humane Society of $10 per pet when you schedule your photo session.

Click here to schedule your photo session online!

Each photo session is an entry into the calendar contest. Immediately following the session, you will select your favorite picture of your pet(s) to be entered into the contest and you will have an opportunity to order prints of any of the photos taken during the session.

The voting period for the contest is Friday, March 3 to Monday, March 13. Each vote is a $1 donation to Cascades Humane Society. The 13 photos with the most votes at 12 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, March 14 will be featured on a page of the 2017 calendar. The photo with the most votes will be featured on the cover of the calendar in addition to the month selected by the winner.

No pet? You can still participate!

You can sponsor a photo session for an adoptable CHS animal for $10 – let us know if you prefer to sponsor a cat or a dog… we will select an animal that has been at CHS looking for his or her forever home! A professional photograph is a great asset for the animals patiently waiting at CHS to find their forever humans!

Franklin – The War Dog

Franklin – The War Dog

Just imagine. You find yourself in war-torn Afghanistan, where just surviving the day is a struggle for all inhabitants, both human and animal. You’re down to the basics here. Is your family safe? Where is your next meal or clean water coming from? What now?

Into this bleak scenario comes a sweet puppy, now named Franklin. He’s maybe 4 or 5 months old. He steps on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) somewhere in Afghanistan.  He survives, but one of his front legs will have to be amputated.  Who knows how many human lives were spared because of Franklin’s actions?

Franklin came all the way from Afghanistan to Cascades Humane Society. He was sent to CHS from the Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (ESMA). Scared, confused, and badly wounded little Franklin was rescued by ESMA through the generosity of many unnamed soldiers.

How does this work? Soldiers in Afghanistan pay the necessary fees, mostly for transportation, to have these wounded dogs, who are victims of the war, transported out of the country to ESMA. With the financial support the dogs then receive immediate medical treatment and are then relocated–first to Egypt–then to a welcoming rescue agency in the United States. It is just too difficult to transport these dogs directly to the United States. The required vaccines and medical treatment necessary for entry into the country must first be met before the dogs can be shipped here.

Franklin came to us all the way from Egypt. ESMA stabilized Franklin’s medical condition and provided him with all the necessary vaccines for his entry into the USA.  His amputation was done here in the USA by an undisclosed agency. A liaison rescue agency here in the United States that works directly with ESMA then contacted CHS about Franklin–and we said yes. He was 7 months old when he arrived at CHS.

Dogs carry 60% of their weight on their front legs. Franklin now had to work hard to build up the muscle in his remaining front leg. And he struggled at first. Not only was it painful, but he could not move in the way he wanted or was accustomed. The only hint we ever had, though, was his occasional whimper as he recovered.

Throughout his recovery, Franklin never missed a beat. He greeted every day with a joyful attitude, even after such a traumatic experience. This brave puppy always showed only his happy, loving personality to everyone he met. Franklin was always smiling.

Franklin arrived at CHS in late November of 2016. He wasn’t available to adopt for several weeks while his amputation site and body healed. It didn’t take long for him to find his forever family with the Schutter’s of Jackson, Michigan. He was adopted just before the holidays in late December of 2016. Franklin’s story is special us. Many staff members at CHS had tears of joy in their eyes the day he was adopted.

We spoke to Jennifer Schutter recently to find out how Franklin was doing. “Oh, my gosh. He is the greatest dog! He loves to get up on his back feet and hit you like a kangaroo with his front paw. Franklin is the most friendly dog we’ve ever met! We were worried at first about Franklin being scared of loud noises because of what he’s been through, but he has never shown that. He a great reminder to all of about the ease with which dogs move on and adjust after trauma.”

Thanks to the Schutter family for adopting Franklin into such a loving home. We know the soldiers like updates on the dogs they sponsor for this program, so we are happy to send ESMA this “Happy Tail”.

Our deepest thanks to all those soldiers who take the time and give of their own resources to save animals like Franklin, bringing a little light into the midst of a terrible war.

And thanks to ESMA for making all of this possible. CHS will continue to do its part by accepting more dogs from ESMA when we are able.

What happens to our pets when we die?

What happens to our pets when we die?

We don’t like to think about these things, do we? So, very often, we simply don’t. We leave to chance the fate of the animals that we have loved and that have loved us so well. We say “My family members or friends will take care of them.” Really? Are you so sure? What if the unthinkable happens instead?

Most of us would immediately take our pets to the vet when they are in pain. We are their guardians. What animals cannot do for themselves we accept—through love—as our responsibility in caring for them. It is an implicit responsibility in living with any pet—except for that part about our passing. We often wriggle out of that one.

Maybe now is a good time to give some thought to this. Have that conversation with family members or friends. Think about defining what happens to your pets in your will. It doesn’t have to be as extreme as the choice made by famous New York real estate heiress and “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley. Helmsley left $12,000,000 to her beloved Maltese Terrier named Trouble. But having something in writing is a very good idea, and, perhaps—if you’re able—some sort of stipend to pay for your pets’ care after you’re gone.

What we don’t plan is left to chance.

Some of these animals—the lucky ones—wind up at Cascades Humane Society looking for their second forever home.

Bear, a 3-year-old German Shepherd mix, came to CHS earlier this year for just such a reason: the death of his owner. He was certainly mourning the death of his owner, but Bear adapted well to life at CHS. All of the staff and volunteers made a special point to love him as much as possible.

Although some folks still question the emotional capabilities of animals, here at CHS, we see clear evidence of the grief and mourning animals go through at the loss of their families or animal buddies through death or separation. Many animals that come through our doors are already dealing with mourning the loss of their families. They are then subjected to a complete change in their surroundings as well. It’s tough on them emotionally. It can take some time for our skilled volunteers and staff to bring them back to loving life and trusting people again.

Fortunately, as it turned out, Bear was only passing through. He was only here for 10 days before finding his new home.

And his new family loves him! They noted “Bear is doing super and we adore him! He’s a great dog with a super temperament. He’s fitting in wonderfully, and he and our Black Lab, Abbey, are becoming best buds. Thanks again for this great dog and your wonderful service. We will certainly refer our friends to you and will come back in search of future pets. Thanks again!”

We couldn’t be happier for Bear and his new family. This is why we do what we do every day at CHS!

Please take Bear’s story to heart. While his story has a happy ending, wouldn’t you rather know for sure where your pets are going if you’re no longer able to care for them?

A Real, Live Fairy Tail

A Real, Live Fairy Tail

james-c-192073Once upon a time there was a very sweet—but very lost and confused–dog named James.

It was clear right from the beginning that this dog was special. Some dogs just radiate that little, extra something that is hard to describe. It’s an undefinable heart thing. James was one of those dogs.  He just tugged at our heartstrings. Everyone here fell in love with this guy. He absolutely loved affection–often leaning into whomever was walking or caring for him.

But something about those eyes suggested a deep sadness. Right away we noticed that he had some trouble walking, occasionally stumbling and moving stiffly. He also seemed to have some trouble hearing, although he was not deaf. James just seemed lost. Yet those big eyes and happy grin made him irresistible.

This dog was a difficult dog to place: he was older, had serious ongoing medical issues and he was a Rottweiler mix.

james-bHe came in as a stray so we had very little information on him. We knew James was an older dog when he came to us—somewhere between the ages of 7-10 years old.  James’s temperament was completely mellow and friendly—kinda like your neighborhood Cocker Spaniel. But some folks are afraid of certain breeds by reputation—and Rottweilers are high on that list.

We learned that he had both Spinal Stenosis and an enlarged heart.  Spinal Stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal column that can cause weakness and pain from pinched nerves. An enlarged heart is symptomatic of the heart’s inability to pump and function properly—a possible sign of congestive heart failure.

Once CHS takes an animal in, we are committed to doing everything within reason to find that animal a proper home—no matter how long it takes. CHS does not euthanize any animals based on length of time that they are in our care.

James was going to be here until we found that right home for him.

And then it happened.

sharon-ruble-with-buckyJames had been at Cascades Humane Society since early May of 2016. One person had adopted James in late June of this year, but quickly returned him after her veterinarian examined the dog. They felt James’s ongoing medical issues might be too much to bear—both in financial and emotional expense.

It’s now mid-July of 2016—in walks Sharon Ruble, a longtime supporter and adopter of other special needs dogs from CHS. Sharon has a special place in her heart and home for older dogs that might need a little extra help. Sharon commented later that something told her to stop by CHS that day.

It takes a lot of courage to step up and adopt an older dog with health issues. Once we give our heart to an animal the sense of loss when it passes will be felt just as strongly as the loss we feel when we’ve had more time with an animal. It is the inescapable price of love.

Well, with James—this was love at first site! Sharon adopted James–now renamed Bucky. CHS just spoke with Sharon to find out how Bucky was doing. Sharon noted “Bucky’s doing great! He could be the most stubborn dog I’ve ever had, but he’s a joy. He always tries to play with the cats, but can’t seem to figure out that the cats can move much faster than he can. It’s a kick to watch! Bucky fits in perfectly with the rest of my animals. He’s doing just fine.”

Thanks Sharon, for your 100lb heart. Everyone here at CHS is happy about James’s forever home with you.