Best Of 2016

Best foster-vangelist: RICK CHABOUDY

Best foster-vangelist

It may not be possible to save them all, but if it is, Rick Chaubody’s going to show us how. Chaubody, the head of Suncoast Animal League, used to run the Humane Society of Pinellas, and he physically put the first puppy I ever had as an adult in my arms, a liver-spot dal he suggested I foster. Of course, I adopted her and she remained loyal and cranky and perfect until the end. He’s done this for, I’d wager, tens of thousands of cats and dogs in the Tampa Bay Area. This year alone — in addition to running a rescue with local adoptable pets — he’s rescued over 70 abandoned pups from Redland, FL and almost 70 from a shelter in Alabama that looked a lot like I picture hell must. I wouldn’t just trust him with my life, I would trust him with my dog’s. He’s done this for, I’d wager, tens of thousands of cats and dogs in the Tampa Bay Area. This year alone — in addition to running a rescue with local adoptable pets — he’s rescued over 70 abandoned pups from Redland, FL and almost 70 from a shelter in Alabama that looked a lot like I picture hell must. I wouldn’t just trust him with my life, I would trust him with my dog’s.