• Another year begins at Good Fortune Farm Refuge. We’ve lost some of wonderful farm residents this year to age and illness, but we’ve also gained a few pups and kitties. The loss is always hard, but it gives us a lot of pleasure to be able to help other animals.15589941_10210519871346506_147619498768685215_n

    Celebrity prison dog, LeRoy Siegelman, was rescued from Oakdale Federal Prison in Louisiana by Gov. Don Siegelman and the other inmates, who had adopted the Casanova dog. Pets are not allowed in Oakdale, and LeRoy wandered in and out, visiting his prison friends and then roaming the town of Oakdale. He was a well-known character on the roads and by-ways.

    When Don learned that the prison was going to catch LeRoy and several other animals that had taken up residence there and remove them, Don called on his loyal assistant Barbara Tarburton to help. Barbara flew down from Minnesota and picked LeRoy up and drove him through horrific flooding here to Good Fortune Farm Refuge.

    And now LeRoy is in the middle of heart worm treatment, and the prognosis is good. He has also been neutered so his wandering ways are fading into memory. He’s a delightful dog who loves everyone he meets. The men at Oakdale did a great job teaching him to like people and to trust. LeRoy checks in regularly with his prison friends.

    GFFR didn’t apply for any grants last year, but we’re hoping for some help with spay and neuter money this year. Keep fingers crossed we get funded, so we can help others. We’ve had several Banfield Charity basic vet care grants and in the past years, we’ve been able to help quite a few people.

    We are a 501c3 non-profit, and every penny donated goes to the animals. Dee Hearndon, President, Aleta Boudreaux, secretary/treasurer, Stephanie Ryan, vice-president, and Carolyn Haines all work for free—because we love helping animals and people.

    IF you’d like to make a donation, you can do so by sending a check to GFFR at 2486 Ellen Dr., Semmes 36575 or via our paypal account. We also sell a few books and t-shirts as part of a fundraiser at www.carolynhaines.com

    2015 Banfield Chariable Trust Grant NOW CLOSED

  • Good Fortune Farm Refuge, a Mobile County non-profit animal rescue group was awarded a Banfield Charitable Trust grant for the third year in a row for their “VET YOUR PET” health care programDSC00033 The $5,000 grant was used to provide basic vet care for low-income family pets in the Mobile County, Alabama, and George County, Mississippi, areas. The grant helped 45 pets get vet care, from puppy shots to emergency surgeries.

    GFFR president Dee Dattilo said, “We are very happy to have helped so many animals that would have otherwise suffered because of lack of funds for veterinary care.”DSC00012

    Aleta Boudreaux, Grant coordinator for GFFR, praised local veterinarians who agreed to participate in the grant, Springhill Animal Clinic and Grand Bay Animal Clinic in Alabama and George County Animal Clinic in Mississippi. The veterinarians and the staffs of the participating clinics deserve great thanks and appreciation for making this program work,” Boudreaux said. “We couldn’t do it without them.”



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    The Zinnia Shop is open

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    Fans of Carolyn Haine’s BONES mystery book series and Sarah Booth Delaney, will love the T-shirts inspired by Carolyn’s characters, her friends, and her love of fun. The proceeds from each shirt will go to Good Fortune Farm Refuge, an animal rescue group that Carolyn started to help her four-legged friends.

    If you order direct from the Zinnia Store, the money goes as a donation to GFFR. This includes shipping. Check out the Zinnia Store at carolynhaines.com 


    Daddy’s Girl Weekend – A great time was had by all!!!

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    From Carolyn Haines (Past President GFFR) My world operates with terrific help from family and friends. We had a VERY successful DG Weekend to raise money for GFFR’s spay and neuter/vaccination program. My friends came from far and wide to participate and help. But without Jennifer Haines Williamson, Aleta Boudreaux, Gayle Waitman, DeWitt Lobrano, Mahala Church, Priya Bhakta, Ron and Susie O’Gorman and so many more, this would never have happened. Status report on how much money we raised soon!

    Angus & Lucy

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    We’re brother and sister, and we’d like to stay together and find a home where we can roam around. Our owners are elderly and can’t spend as much time with us as we would like. We both need some grooming but we’re really sweet and nice. We could us a little leash refreshing but we promise to behave. If we could like with HONEY, our adopted collie mix sister, it would be grand.



    Bone-A-Fied Delicious

  • Bone A Fied Delicious Cookbook with Recipes from Zinnia’s Finest Chefs, is now available for sale. Over 700 recipes from Sarah Booth Delaney’s friends were collected and put into one great cookbook. From soup to nuts to “Bervement Pies” these recipes are guaranteed to please your taste buds and your family.


    All proceeds from the Bone A Fied Delicious Cookbook go to Good Fortune Farm Refuge to help take care of pets in need.

    $37.50 includes shipping (USA)


    “Vet Your Pet” Targeted Companion Pets

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    By Carolyn Haines

    George County


    eterinarians joined forces with Good Fortune Farm Refuge and the Banfield Corporation for the first successful “Vet Your Pet” program targeting low-income families and their companion animals.

    All three vet practices in George County: Magnolia Animal Clinic, George County Vet Clinic, and Singing River Animal Clinic helped a total of 49 pets belonging to 27 owners.

    “This was our first grant, and

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    we feel it was very successful,” Aleta Beaudreaux, grant writer and secretary/treasurer of Good Fortune Refuge said. “Two vet clinics in Mobile County also participated, and we are thankful to all of the vets who worked so willingly to provide basic health care to local animals.”

    “We had more calls for help than we had money,” Boudreaux said.

    Banfield Corporation awarded GFFR a $2000 grant, which the rescue matched, to provide shots, health exams, worming, tests, and in one instance, emergency surgery, for dogs and cats.

    “Basic health care can be out of reach for people who are struggling in a slow economy,” Jennifer Williamson, president of GFFR said. “We are so grateful to Banfield for giving us resources to help people who truly love their pets but are struggling financially.”

    The Mobile clinics involved in the grant were Grand Bay Vet Clinic and TLC.

    Boudreaux said GFFR will apply for another basic care grant and also for grants for assistance with spaying and neutering. “The real solution is neutering pets,” Boudreaux said. “We have to reduce the population growth so that all animals can have a chance at a loving home.”

    Williamson urged George County residents to talk with the local veterinarians about spay/neuter procedures. “In the long run, neutering a dog or cat is far more cost effective than not. Neutering cuts down on unwanted puppies and kittens along with diseases and illnesses brought on by fighting and wandering,” she said.

    “This is truly the humane solution to a problem that is only going to get worse. Statistics show that in a case where a female cat reproduces, should all of her offspring live and reproduce, over a six-year period 100,000 kittens can potentially be born from that line. For a dog, it’s about 64,000 puppies. A simple surgery can put a stop to all of this,” she said.

    Boudreaux said if another grant is given, the local residents will be notified with a story in the newspaper.

    Placing wonderful pets in wonderful homes