In Loving Memory of Doug Gilliland

Doug Gilliland, husband, father, uncle, brother, dog dad, dog walker, teacher, friend, kayaker and LEADSRQ board member, lost his battle to cancer on Sunday, October, 11. Doug struggled on and off for the last 7 1/2 years battling cancer but never complaining. He found great joy in his family, friends, his dogs, shelter dogs and being on the water in his kayak.  As a group, we shared a passion for saving animals, getting medical care for animals and keeping animals in homes and out of shelters when possible.
Please take a moment to remember a special man. Find the good in your day as he always did. Take time to do the things you love. Life is short.
RIP Doug ️

Dog of the Month

Several weeks ago, Satchel’s got a call from a neighboring county shelter about a sweet girl in need. Poppie is guessed to be about 6 years old, a terrier mix and is paralyzed from the waist down. We aren’t sure what caused her injury but it’s not stopping her. Since her arrival at Satchel’s, Poppie has caught the eye of volunteers and staff who are always there to support her special need. In the first month of her arrival she has been given her personal wheelchair, stroller, car seat, drag bag and has a massage therapist making visits. Poppie is a vibrant social girl who loves spending time with her human companions. She is very treat motivated with one of her favorite treats being the homemade frozen peanut butter yogurt treats she gets from her favorite volunteer. Poppie seems to be okay with some dogs and could possibly live with a cat. Poppie’s perfect home would be with someone who spends a lot of time at home and sees her abilities, not her disability.



Let us introduce you to Thomas!  Thomas is a 16 yr old cat that was rescued by a concerned citizen. He was taken to a local shelter then formally adopted. He had a skin infection and his mom knew he needed medical attention.  LEADSRQ stepped up and offered assistance for Thomas. He was recently seen by the compassionate staff at Sarasota Animal Hospital where he had a blood panel completed, received meds for his skin and a rabies shot. Thomas’ mom reports that he’s settling in just fine and she appreciates LEADSRQ’s support!   #seniorcatsrock


​Our Mission is to help fund the medical and behavioral needs of animals in rescue organizations and shelters throughout our community.

Stormi is a young kitty that was taken in by a friend after the owner passed away. He was taken to the vet for a check up and to have a growth inspected. The vet removed the growth that did not heal and needed further testing. After a visit to Blue Pearl, and 9 tissue sample biopsies, it was found that Stormi had a fungal infection. 
LEADSRQ is happy to say that with the correct diagnosis and meds that Stormi is doing well. Stormi’s new mom shared with us that she is grateful for LEADSRQ’s assistance in getting to the bottom of the problem. This will give them more time together. We are “purrfectly” excited for Stormi’s new life, however long it might be.


It’s time for LEADSRQ to give a big a “SHOUT OUT” in support of Ace Pet Resort! ACE is an excellent, local, small business that is owned and operated by Jenn Hummel and her caring staff. The resort offers boarding, daycare, bathing/grooming and is open to not only dogs & cats, but also to birds, ferrets, pot bellied pigs and various other animals. Jenn has been a friend to the rescue world for many years and we’d like to recognize her business. Jenn also has 

Vintage Paws Sanctuary, Inc. which is a nonprofit that supports senior dogs Please share this info on your personal FB page and with friends that could use this service! 

P.S. Gift certificates are also available

A big shout out to The Orlando Dog Mom Club and Myriam Gutstein for making LEADSRQ the recipient of one of your monthly fundraising event.  Their events help support nonprofits that focus on the wellbeing of dogs. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.  Also, thank you Erin Gilliland for nominating us❤️

Thank you so much to all our wonderful donors for making our first ever participation in the Giving Challenge a big success! During this event we received thousands of dollars in contributions from the following individuals: 

Erin Gilliland, Jim Beg, Jill Beg Creevy , Karen Williams, Brenda Foster, Deborah Gilliland, Marjorie Beg, Gail Gilliland Balkwill, Megan Creevy, Doug Gilliland, Bill Balkwill, Judy Scrimenti, Kelly Golick, Dale Turner, James Golick, Jeff Beg, Christine Christian, Lisa Lampel, Joe Creevy, Carolyn Eliades, Kim Beg, Page Knoebel, ML, Siena, Jimmy & Lila, Lisa Hummel, Cheryl Caprio, Kathy Rainey, Madeline Young, Joyce Hackman, Oliver, Debbie Andrick & Sharyn, Kelly King Dean, Pam Arnold Peplow, Judith Berger, Karen Paonessa Cameron, Sally Sams, James Blackford,  Peter J Walocko & Claire Walocko, Jennifer Hummel, Beth Wilson, Vets to You LLC, Janis Pulcinella, Sarah Egebergh,  Maureen Corristan, Rhys Miller, Pamela Shoosmith, H. Gilliland, Linnea Appleby, Mark Thomas Gilliland, Maya Soliman, Carson Gilliland & Jinell Carslin, Lynn Billi, Nicole Paternosto, Dani Ziegler, Karen Molanare, Lorie Neal, Kim Bald, Iris Eastman, Joyce Nuehring, Amelia B., Kemper Family, and Cindy Christo Brown.


Cece’s young life has been filled with too many twists and turns, until now. Originally, Cece was in a neighboring county shelter as a stray for 1 1/2 years. She was adopted but not long afterward her owner surrendered her to a local shelter due to losing his home. After spending a year there, she found herself looking for a new place to live and Satchel’s Last Resort stepped up and committed to Cece. LEADSRQ contacted
ACE Pet Resort/Vintage Paws to set up boarding for Cece. We knew that Cece needed time to decompress and to have the experience of havIng direct time with consistent handlers twice daily going on walks, car rides, trips to local parks and pool time. After 42 days a couple saw her on Facebook and knew they had to meet Cece. They instantly fell in love and it was mutual for Cece. LEADSRQ set Cece up for a successful transition by giving her two in home training sessions with Iris Eastman. 
We are happy to say that things are going well and Cece is settling into her forever home. This is what can happen when three nonprofits come together to save a life. 


Sweet, young Oreo found himself at a county shelter with a strange growth on his head. His skull appeared almost cone shaped and would seem to fluctuate from week to week in size. Veterinarians could only guess what the growth meant and worried about tampering it with biopsies as it may only exacerbate the problem. LEADSRQ was very happy to offer funding a CT contrast scan with our friends at Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota. After a full day of testing, we were thrilled to learn of Oreo’s diagnosis: idiopathic calvarial hyperostosis  - a rare, benign x-linked disorder that only affects the skull.  Oreo’s prognosis is good and his future looks even better because he was recently adopted and has a wonderful, new Mom!! Congratulations Oreo and happy life to you and your new family!

Recipient of Giving

We've been busy at LEADSRQ these past few months! These happy pups were all recipients of sponsored training by LEADSRQ. As always, we believe in setting dogs up for success with training so the dogs know how to behave and what is expected of them. Plus, they enjoy it! We wouldn't have it any other way.

Our most recent Recipient of Giving is Alley,  a beautiful young German Shepherd pup that was hit by a semi. How traumatic is that? She was taken to a local shelter and from there she was pulled by Southwest Florida German Shepherd Rescue, Inc.  

In the midst of this, LEADSRQ was contacted requesting support for her medical needs and we jumped at the chance to help this special girl!  This story could have had a tragic ending but we are happy to report she’s in a loving home and has been adopted. 

Thank you to our supporters and contributors for making it possible for us to help her.

To see more recipients, select it from the menu at the top of the page.

Iris Eastman worked her magic with Lola and Corbin in a training session supported by LEADSRQ. Both dogs had been adopted from a local shelter and the main focus of the training was calming and conditioning. Terri, their mom, was so impressed she said she is going to follow up with additional training sessions!


Terri and her pups, Lori & Corbin


Happy tears were shed today when Coby left Animal Welfare League for his boarding and training camp at Foster Dog Farms in Myakka City.  

We know he’s going to get the

help he needs to be a less anxious, highly adoptable dog!


Thank you to all of our Facebook followers who made this possible!  Special thanks to Lead SRQ, Forepaws Matter, Inc. and our amazing AWL Dog Walking Volunteers for your generous support!

Stay tuned for updates on his progress!