Animal Shelter's longest resident exits to teary-eyed sendoff

After 310 days, Neil, the Lake County Animal Shelter’s longest resident, got a festive sendoff surrounded by teary-eyed shelter staff and volunteers.

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His biggest fan and advocate, volunteer Sue Keehn Richter, had the bittersweet honor of walking Neil out of the shelter for the last time as he went to rescue with Partnership for Paws, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit based in Grand Island, Florida.

After receiving some treats from his favorite spot, Dunkin Donuts, Neil went on his “freedom ride” to his new foster home to learn proper manners with Dare2Train.

To help a shelter pet like Neil, contact Lake County Animal Shelter at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, Florida call 352-343-9688 or visit

For the most up-to-date information, photos and videos of adoptable animals, follow the shelter on Facebook at and Twitter at

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