BY SUE ERWIN – Many people wouldn’t look twice if they saw a small, wounded dog in a crowded park all alone and looking desperate. But Blanche Vedette is not one of those people.
Blanche Vedette and Jacques Boudreau are the owners of The Loose Caboose Restaurant and founders of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Tank’s Legacy. The organization removes dogs and cats scheduled for euthanasia from overcrowded shelters and rehabilitates them so they can find loving, permanent homes.
And into their lives walked Tuck, a 4-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix found with cigar burns and cuts on his stomach in a park in Clewiston. A good Samaritan saw him and took him to animal control. Blanche said Tuck had sat at the park for hours, hanging his head and waiting for help while people kept walking by him. She drove more than three hours to pick him up and got him into veterinary care right away.
“Clewiston Animal Control arranged for me to pick him up,” she said. “I was warned that he might lunge and bark when I approached him, but when I walked up he just jumped right on my legs and was ready to go. Dr. Deboit of Lemon Bay Animal Hospital agreed to see Tuck the same day and said she couldn’t imagine the pain he was in. She couldn’t even touch him without his crying and flinching. I am able to touch him and hold him now, and he is learning to play.”
Tank’s Legacy currently has nine animals waiting for new homes, and Blanche is hoping to purchase more property in the future so the animals have plenty of room to roam, run, play and become healthy again.
Anyone interested in more information can stop by the restaurant and speak with Blanche.
You can also mail donations to P.O. Box 1112, Boca Grande, FL 33921, or via PayPal with the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, search for Tank’s Legacy on Facebook.