McKamey Animal Center Hosts Memorial Event for Beloved Volunteer Nov. 5

McKamey Animal Center is hosting a small memorial celebration this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon to recognize the contributions and lasting legacy of the late volunteer John Williams.

Mr Williams died suddenly in July 2020, at the height of the covid-19 pandemic, aged 82.

“John was a dedicated and passionate volunteer at the McKamey Animal Center since the center opened. His love of animals and his dedication to helping enrich the lives of MAC’s big dogs will be forever remembered,” officials said.

To honor his legacy, McKamey Animal Center will host a grand opening event to celebrate a small expansion of their behavior and enrichment program. The Center plans to unveil a decoy course for MAC dogs to use daily. A decoy run is a white plastic mechanized decoy that simulates the unpredictability of chasing live prey to encourage dogs to run and play. A similar lure course was enjoyed by many attendees at MAC’s Paw Palooza event in Coolidge Park earlier this year.

“John loved nothing more than watching the big dogs play,” said Lauren Mann, director of advancement. “When we shared this surprise with his family they were thrilled and said they knew he was smiling from heaven. This will be incredibly beneficial for the dogs in our care as we continue to work through our capacity crisis. and to research new and innovative ways to help de-stress our shelter animals.

The Center will provide light refreshments for those who attend, but ask them to RSVP by emailing [email protected]

Benjamin M. Yerger