The Leader of Animal Rescue and Advocacy

Organization : Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch

Name : Patricia Deshong & Monty

Patricia Deshong has a passion for animal rescue that is as boundless as a puppy’s energy. She channels it into Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch, a no-kill shelter whose medical facility was voted Best Veterinarian in The Palm Beach Post’s 2019 Best of Palm Beach County awards. As president, she has led the organization through exponential growth–last year, more than 1,300 abandoned and / or abused cats and dogs were rescued–as well as through a capital campaign to fund a 15,000-squarefoot building that will better serve animals– and residents–in the community. “The work we do at Furry Friends not only saves the lives of animals but improves the lives of people, too,” she says. “Our Senior to Senior program and our Shelter to Service Dog program are changing the futures for our elderly and our veterans. We are successful because we recognize the impact animals have on people and people have on animals.” The need for animal rescue is acute; at any given time, the shelter has a minimum of 200 animals onhand. “Animal rescue is much more difficult than most people realize,” she says. “The cost of care far exceeds the adoption fees. I am humbled by the support we receive to further our mission.”