Humane Society honors "Hero" - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Humane Society honors "Hero"

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Humane society held a memorial service and a  blessing of animals to honor a service dog who died this week. It was a time to morn the loss of a canine who spent years helping people around south Georgia and a day to celebrate the legacy he left behind in his paw tracks.

The Albany Animal shelter adopted out Hero 13 years ago, and people there say they'll miss a loving friend who stood for many good causes.

Dozens of people brought their animals to the Albany Humane Society to remember Hero.

 "There's not another dog like hero," said Humane Society Director Donna Strickland.

Strickland said Hero was a rescue dog who brought smiles to children and adults who promoted spaying and neutering pets. Pedigree Dog Food even named Hero National Service Dog of the Year.

"He was the kindest gentlest soul and being a shelter pet and he got a second chance, Strickland noted. "Unfortunately there are dogs that come in here that don't get that opportunity."

The Albany Humane Society takes in about 500 to 600 animals a month. Many are euthanized, but  humane society members encourage people to help reduce that number by adopting a shelter animal.

Joy Sheckles adopted Princess Grace and Prince Charles. They were rescue dogs just like Hero. She knew Hero and she remembers Hero's dignity too.

"He had cancer and he was a real hard working dog," Sheckles remembered.

Everyone at the shelter, even the animals were touched by a canine full of grace, and people  say they'll never forget such a sweet friend. 

Anyone wishing to honor Hero's memory is encouraged to make a donation to the Albany Humane Society. People may also donate to the Delta Society which played an important role in Hero's life.

©2009 WALB News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.  Feedback

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • SWGA summer feeding programs

    SWGA summer feeding programs

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 1:21 PM EDT2018-05-22 17:21:25 GMT
    Summer feeding program (Source: WALB)Summer feeding program (Source: WALB)
    Summer feeding program (Source: WALB)Summer feeding program (Source: WALB)

    Organizations, churches, and others across southwest Georgia now have summer feeding programs available. While most students are happy to be out of school for the summer, some go hungry when they don't have two guaranteed meals that they would normally receive from their schools.

    More >>

    Organizations, churches, and others across southwest Georgia now have summer feeding programs available. While most students are happy to be out of school for the summer, some go hungry when they don't have two guaranteed meals that they would normally receive from their schools.

    More >>
  • Broken headlight leads to major drug arrest

    Broken headlight leads to major drug arrest

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:25 PM EDT2018-05-22 16:25:10 GMT
    Preston Fields (Source: Coffee Co. Sheriff)Preston Fields (Source: Coffee Co. Sheriff)
    Preston Fields (Source: Coffee Co. Sheriff)Preston Fields (Source: Coffee Co. Sheriff)

    A man already on probation sentence for marijuana and cocaine is back behind bars after officers found cocaine, marijuana, and suspected ecstasy during a traffic stop.

    More >>

    A man already on probation sentence for marijuana and cocaine is back behind bars after officers found cocaine, marijuana, and suspected ecstasy during a traffic stop.

    More >>
  • Albany announces sanitary sewage spill

    Albany announces sanitary sewage spill

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:23 AM EDT2018-05-22 15:23:30 GMT
    The Flint River at Albany, just North of the Broad Avenue bridge (Source: WALB)The Flint River at Albany, just North of the Broad Avenue bridge (Source: WALB)

    The city said the sanitary sewer overflow went into the east bank of the Flint River, just south of the Oglethorpe Boulevard bridge.

    More >>

    The city said the sanitary sewer overflow went into the east bank of the Flint River, just south of the Oglethorpe Boulevard bridge.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly