Bandit Foundation Update: TriCountry Gets The Love & The Bandit Rescue Van Has Already Helped Save Over 70 Dogs


















Its been almost a year since we lost our little Boy Bandit Berkens.

With the help of Jenna Wehner and John Ferber set up a fund and friends, domainers and readers of generously contributed over $6,000 to the Bandit Share the Love Foundation.

The money was donated to he TriCounty Humane Society,  a No-kill shelter located in Boca Raton, Florida.

TriCountry rescue animals mainly around the Tri County area of Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties, however they have also rescued animals as far as Georgia Alabama and Tennessee.

There mission is simple: “To place our rescued dogs and cats into loving forever homes”.

It was back in April that we heard that their van which they used to rescue animals broke down and was inoperable.

Without their van a lot of animals would not be able to be saved.

We found that over $10K was going to be needed for them to purchase a new van.

Judi and myself  personally added to the funds you contributed and gave Tricounty the money they needed to purchase the van and we are happy to report that the Bandit Rescue Van has already been used to rescue over 70 dogs.

Most recently the van was used to rescue 55 Chihuahuas from a warehouse in Hialeah which transported the dogs back to their facility.

Above is a picture of the van.

Yes we know Bandit’s last name is spelled wrong, but that’s not important.

What is important is that Bandit continues to do one of his favorite things, take a ride, this time traveling the highways of Florida, saving lives in the process.

As you can see from the banner on the left we are still collecting money for Bandit’s Foundation and will continue to find organizations who do great work in rescuing animals and finding homes for them, feel free to contribute if you can.

Here are a few stories about Tricounty:

Reported by

Dozens Of Dogs Rescued From A Sarasota Puppy Mill & Given A Second Chance At Life

“”About 263 dogs were rescued by Sarasota County Animal Services, pulled from a home in Venice last week. Some of the animals are not in good condition, according to investigators. They were still being treated Sunday night.

Investigators said the owners of the dogs were cooperative with authorities. The Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton is one of many facilities where the dogs are being treated.

“Pending medical evaluation and clearance, the animals will be put up for adoption.”

“It’s just going to be a long road to recovery for these guys because they are so scared,” said Tri-County Director of Operations Kim Spencer. “They don’t know what a human touch is, and that’s what breaks my heart.”

Many have worms, ticks, fleas, infections and eye problems. Two of the dogs rescued by Tri-County were rushed to emergency veterinary care.

“The most horrific conditions I think I’ve ever seen in my rescue,” said Tri-County Director Suzi Goldsmith. “They have had the worst quality of life and I would say they’ve had no quality of life.”

Chihuahuas Rescued From Warehouse:

“55 dogs at Tri-County Humane Society looking for new home after rescue from ‘deplorable conditions’

“We’re told that they were found in a warehouse living with bite wounds and health problems.”

The Tri-County Humane Society says they plan to have nearly all the animals they rescued this week ready to be adopted within ten days.

Rescued Tennessee Dogs Arrive In South Florida For Adoption

“”An assembly line of Federal Express workers marched out of the company’s offices at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Wednesday carrying precious cargo; 47 dogs rescued from filthy conditions in Tennessee.

The dogs arrived at Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton Wednesday night, where they will be placed up for adoption later this week.

The animals were part of a group of 141 dogs that investigators say they found in Tennessee in the back of a U-Haul moving truck on a cross country journey. Investigators say it appeared the dogs hadn’t been fed or walked in days and were living in filth. The woman who was driving the U-Haul and a female companion are now charged with felony animal cruelty case. If convicted, each faces up to two years in prison.”

You can visit the shelter at at 21287 Boca Rio Road Boca Raton Florida:

If you looking for a dog or cat to adopt they are opened 6 days a week.


  1. says

    I am trying to make a donation but having trouble finding out exactly how. Let’s get this fund for a good cause moving past 19k. Tis the season and we can all help in some way.

  2. Louise says

    Thanx for putting a spotlight on the sad reality of puppy mills and the poor conditions which breed around the dark underbelly of the pet sales business. Marilyn Milian Court commenter Harvey Levin said, “You should always have a vet check the puppy before you buy it.” If it is a victim of an illegal puppy mill, probably a vet check is discouraged. I walk my cat, Pistachio, almost daily on an invisible leash, and had to rescue two cats – on feral and biting, and an abandoned young cat who got its tail bit off, and capture them and take them to animal control, while my cat is fat, spoiled and happy. Bandit’s fundraiser is on my list – thanx for caring! :)

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