THE RILEE BEISLER HUMANE-I-TARIAN AWARD

 

The Rilee Beisler Humane-i-tarian Award is inspired by the heroic actions of 11-year-old Rilee. On May 5, 2021, she tragically lost her life attempting to rescue her two puppies, Dobby and Luna.

HSSC's mission is to engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals. Rilee Beisler's huge heart for animals is an inspiration and a testament to the strength of the human-animal bond. May we remember and honor the life of this young lady and celebrate other animal-loving young people.

Congratulations to Lucy Thomas, the winner of the 2021 Rilee Beisler Humane-i-tarian Award

We are honored to recognize animal loving children in our community. Thank you everyone who made this possible and to our partners Sun Outdoors Sarasota!

Lucy is the 2021 Rilee Beisler Humane-i-tarian Award recipient. Lucy's nomination stood out among a panel of judges from within the organization and our community. She's adopted five shelter pets, is a volunteer for a local animal shelter and has participated in numerous shelter projects. She is a Girl Scout and for her Girl Scout Gold Saward, she organized a senior pet adoption event to bring public awareness to the benefits of adopting senior pets. She volunteers at a local vet's office assisting in procedures and medical exam for a wide range of animals. She has plans for creating a website to better match pet adopters with local shelter pets in their area. Lucy is also saving her Girl Scout money to fund her trip to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (where she sponsored care for a bald eagle) so she can learn how to better help wildlife. Congratulations Lucy! 


REMEMBERING RILEE

A MESSAGE FROM RILEE'S GRANDFATHER

"In this day and age because of the COVID monster, our attentions have gravitated to smaller more withdrawn personal contacts, but we sometimes forget other things around us, like our animals. They give us joy and inner peace we also take for granted.

For my generation (many years ago) as a child my dog was one of the most important parts of my life. Rilee was the same way. She lived with us for many years before moving over to her mothers’ trailer at Sun n Fun.  The puppies she cared for were two Pitbull pups her mother’s friend left behind. Rilee started training them to walk on a leash, sit and become “potty trained”. She loved them both and they became an important part of her life. They gave Rilee joy, and she repaid that affection with caring and love back. She never gave entering a burning building to save them a second thought, even if she should have known better.  She didn’t understand the dynamics of a confined but powerful fire, and it cost her life.  Her only thought was to rescue those two pups and her bravery set terrible circumstances into motion.  It’s that bravery and awareness of the value of two simple dogs that we wish to celebrate and remember, annually.

For kids her age, pets are a sanctuary in todays confused and uncertain times.  We sincerely hope to contribute in Rilee’s memory a sense of responsibility and caring among kids her age, and others, of course, that will guide them toward their adult years to be passed down for generations to come." 

—Pete Beisler

 

Rilee Michelle Beisler

AUGUST 21, 2009 – MAY 5, 2021

Rilee was a sixth grader at McIntosh Middle School. She tragically lost her life in an attempt to rescue her two 7-month-old puppies, Luna and Dobby, from a fire.
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