Natalie and I had hoped that the $15K goal might be reached in five days. Thanks to the outpouring of love and support from all over the world, the goal was achieved in five hours. We were overwhelmed.
With so many others still wanting to give (many in memory of their own lost loved ones), we raised the bar to $25K, and again, that goal was achieved quickly. The extra funds will allow HST to purchase a larger, high-top van with rear air conditioning which will accommodate 50 animals in a single trip.
As the campaign approaches $30,000 (and it would be amazing to double the original goal), know that the Humane Society of Tulsa has no shortage of need, and the funds will be used to alleviate suffering, to give help, and to find forever homes for animals all over the region.
I'll leave the GoFundMe page "active" for the month of January. And from the bottom of our hearts, Natalie and I thank you. We're hugging you. We're humbled by you. We're in awe of you.
In the heartbreak of Henry's death, you've given us a gift we will never, ever forget.
Henry was rescued from a puppy mill in 2014, and thanks to the tireless efforts of the Humane Society of Tulsa, he not only found a loving home, but his story (via a YouTube video titled "Saving Number 90") inspired people all around the world. You can watch that video here: https://youtu.be/0nhzg5u-vHc
Henry died January 15th, 2019 after complications from dental surgery. We are heartbroken, but we take comfort in knowing that the past five years filled his little life with love, companionship, soft beds, warm hands, peanut butter treats, car rides, gentle care, and an extended family of thousands who cheered at his second chance.
His death has been a shock, the loss difficult, but Natalie and I want to memorialize Henry by giving literal rescue to thousands of animals via the same organization that rescued him.
The Humane Society of Tulsa is in desperate need of a replacement transport van; the current one is so old and in disrepair that it often won't even make it out of the lot. It's a 19-year-old GMC Safari that must be jump-started, has unfixable air conditioning, and is nearing the end of its long life.
In Henry's name, we want to fund the purchase of a vehicle - named after Henry and bearing his photograph - that will give many years and many fresh starts to suffering animals across Oklahoma. Full details are given in this video: https://youtu.be/1yAyqVdv0eU
This will be his legacy, and as we heal from the tragedy, we can take comfort in seeing the many, many rescues accomplished in his name.
If Henry ever touched your life, or if you'd like to touch the lives of needy animals in this way, please make your tax-deductible donation.
Henry may be gone, but his amazing influence will roll on.