Almost three years ago from my home in Florida, I started to plan my retirement from the practice of corporate law with an international law firm with more than 20 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. During my 38 years of practice, I provided legal advice to young entrepreneurs, helping them set up their corporations and assisting them with the development of their products and services. I also represented companies in a variety of matters, ranging from private and public financings to mergers and acquisitions.
In preparing for retirement, I knew that I would have to remain active in order to be happy. My plan included taking lessons to improve my golf game - - and boy did it need improvement - - and to train with my Australian Shepherd, named Charlie, in order to become proficient in the sport known as dog agility, to satisfy my need to be part of a team sport. After accounting for two selfish activities, I began looking for something that I could do that would allow me to give back to the community in which my wife and I lived. Once we decided to move to the Charleston area, I focused on local charities, of which there are many good ones in Charleston, but I didn’t just want to join an existing organization, I wanted to help be part of starting a new venture in my new home.
I thought about what I could do for a give back for quite some time without coming up with a solution. Finally, one evening while sitting on my couch in front of the television, a documentary about an organization providing shelter animals to military veterans came on the tube. After watching for only 10 minutes, I knew this was the type of organization that touched all the bases for me: I could help save shelter animals and at the same time say thank you to our military veterans who sacrifice so much for our country. When I checked, I found that there wasn’t such an organization in South Carolina.
Since moving to Charleston in the fall of 2015, I have been fortunate to work with other very talented and dedicated board members, animal trainers and other volunteers. It is my honor to be associated with such a wonderful group of people.
My life as a lawyer was extremely satisfying. I was able to help some very intelligent people achieve their dreams and develop products and services which have improved the human condition, but nothing I have done in my life, except of course marrying my wife of 30 plus years and raising two children, has been as rewarding as the time I have spent with our organization.
I encourage all those who are thinking about associating with us to take the plunge and contact us.