Last week, Hanky Panky supported the Humane Society of the US by purchasing a table at the very posh gala held at the magnificent space in the former Bowery Bank Building on 42nd Street that is now Cipriani.
The HSUS is “…America’s mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect and also the nation’s most trusted voice extolling the human-animal bond.” Every day in our country, countless dogs, cats and other animals suffer and die at the hands of humans. So, we were particularly proud to have seated at our table a woman who works extremely hard at rescuing animals from euthanasia. Her name is Charlotte Meade and she lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut, but her “beat” extends to other areas in the Northeast from which these doomed animals come.
Charlotte tries to place every rescue in an acceptable home, but is not always successful, since many of her charges are elderly or infirm. She has 26 dogs living with her right now, not an unusually high number for her. Three volunteers work with her as well as my indominitable sister, Valerie, who somehow managed to convince the local authorities to greatly reduce the rate of euthanasia of dogs coming into the pound. Charlotte’s work is all consuming, so we were particularly pleased that she took a little time off to be with us. A former vintage clothing store owner, Charlotte reckons that she has rescued about 800 animals in the 5 or so years she has taken on this important work.
We bow (wow) to you, Charlotte!