Sometimes it’s difficult to find the right place for dogs to reside while waiting for their forever homes. So, LEADSRQ, has found itself in a “pickle” a few times and had to think outside the box to help dogs and cats in need. Maybe there was no space for them at a rescue or maybe life has been too stressful for them and they needed to decompress, maybe they’ve lived an unstructured life and needed to learn some limits and manners. Over the last year, we have found that we needed to support the funding of these dogs by placing them at a local boarding facility or  into a board/train situation with a certified trainer. None of this could have been possible without the continuous, generous, ongoing donations from the Keating Family Foundation. LEADSRQ would like to reach out and give a huge thank you to The Keating Family Foundation. Another extremely generous donation was made in October in memory of our beloved co-director, Doug Gilliland. We would not be able to offer this “above and beyond” support for these special furbabies without this additional support. During these difficult times you’ve made it possible for these dogs to get the support they need to make it into their forever homes or one step closer. 

Cece, Bernie, Chipper, Lou, Phillip, Handsome, Rocket, Dusty, Hershey and Bianca appreciate the support of The Keating Family Foundation. Some are happily adopted in homes and the others are one step closer.


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.





Meet Biggie! He’s a handsome guy that’s been having to visit the vet once per week for the last 3 months. As you can imagine this has been a financial hardship on the family that dearly loves him. His mom approached a local rescue and they guided her to LEADSRQ.

Biggie had chronic ear infections, ear hematomas, skin issues and a mass that needed to be removed. Since LEADSRQ’s main focus is to GET them in homes and to KEEP them there, we stepped up to assist with Biggie. Yesterday, Biggie had surgery to remove his ear and the mass. Hopefully, this will allow this guy to do other things with his time besides going to the doctor. Thank you

Banfield Pet Hospital

for working with us for the well-being of Biggie


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

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

Say hello to adorable Hunk, available for adoption from Bishop Animal Shelter, SPCA of Manatee County, Inc.

LEADSRQ is sponsoring Hunk's medical treatment for his heart worm disease, and we look forward to watching this sweet boy begin the next happy and healthy chapter of his life.  Please contact Bishop Animal Shelter if you would like more information on Hunk or any of their other amazing animals up for adoption.


Congratulations to Eva and her foster-now-forever Mom, Loxy! After two plus years in a shelter, Eva will begin the next chapter of her young life in a loving home. LEADSRQ is thrilled to offer this young pup and her Mom three in-home training sessions as they start their new lives together.  We believe training a new shelter dog is the best way to set them up for success, and we couldn’t be happier for Eva and her new Mom!

Dusty, pictured on the left, was recently adopted from the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch. It wasn’t an easy start for this 2-3 yr. old guy. He needed a bit of time to learn how to trust humans and to express himself appropriately. Before he was adopted, LEADSRQ paid to have Dusty board and trained with Iris Eastman.

We are happy to say it’s exactly what Dusty needed. By the third week Dusty turned the corner! We are also sponsoring 3 at-home training visits by Iris so that the transition into his forever can be seamless.



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.