Massachusetts lost a tireless advocate, for pit bull type dogs, and animals in general, this morning.
After a brief battle with an illness, Lisa Casavant passed away early today, due to complications.
Lisa was not afraid to take on all issues. She spearheaded efforts to reform rural animal control facilities. She took it upon herself to attend every hearing possible in local animal abuse cases and helped garner attention to them in an attempt to get justice, as well as organizing awareness walks for Eastern Massachusetts the past two years, among many other things.
I had the honor of knowing Lisa both personally and in advocacy. She was a friend and ally in efforts against breed discriminatory legislation, both locally and elsewhere. Insurance issues, housing issues, legislation, corporate breed discrimination, rescue and training, any time anyone needed help with anything Lisa offered her time and expertise to help in any way possible and more often than not took off running.
The best phrase that applies to Lisa was “take the bull by the horns.” She always did, in whatever issue she was taking on. A true leader in every sense. I got to see this whenever we worked together.
It is difficult to try to describe the person that she was, while still being brief. There were so many things she did in her life, to help people and animals, that to list them all would be impossible. For those that knew her well, and even those who had never met her in real life, she has left a permanent mark.
I feel like I can’t do justice to the type of person Lisa was. I’m not sure I could do that, no matter how much I would like to or how much I write. So I will end with this…
Lisa’s passion was inspiring, her will indomitable. As we mourn the loss of our friend, we should remember what it was Lisa did best, fighting for the greater good, and continue on, leaving a legacy that she would be proud of.
I hope you are at peace, my friend.