Florida Senate - 2016                            (NP)    SR 1796
       By Senator Sobel
       33-05227-16                                           20161796__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution commending Victoria Q. Gaetz for her
    3         lifelong commitment to the welfare of animals.
    5         WHEREAS, from a young age, Niceville resident Victoria Q.
    6  Gaetz has made the welfare of animals a priority, and
    7         WHEREAS, one of the early memories of her children is the
    8  time Victoria Q. Gaetz noticed that a baby blue jay had fallen
    9  from a tree at their Miami home, so she scooped up the bird and
   10  took it to a veterinarian for care, and
   11         WHEREAS, after Victoria Q. Gaetz and her husband, Senator
   12  Don Gaetz, purchased their home in Seaside, the family began
   13  feeding the numerous stray cats they discovered there, gaining
   14  the animals’ trust and eventually taking them to a local
   15  veterinarian for checkups and neutering or spaying, and
   16         WHEREAS, Victoria Q. Gaetz keeps cat and dog food in the
   17  back of her car so that she can provide a meal to any stray she
   18  meets, even stopping in heavy traffic to put out food for them,
   19  and
   20         WHEREAS, during the last three decades, Victoria Q. Gaetz
   21  has rescued six cats — Cornelius, Chloe, Tiger Lily, Isabella,
   22  Tuxedo, and Cupcake — and three dogs — Scarlett, Stella, and
   23  Fairbanks, and
   24         WHEREAS, Victoria Q. Gaetz compassionately volunteers time
   25  and donates resources to such local animal rescue organizations
   26  as Alaqua Animal Refuge, Spay Fairy Farm, and Save Our Cats and
   27  Kittens, NOW, THEREFORE,
   29  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   31         That the Senate commends lifelong advocate Victoria Q.
   32  Gaetz for her devotion to the welfare of animals.