Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Farewell to a rescuer

Again, my intended entry has been set aside, this time to mark the passing of a woman who cared deeply; for her family, her friends and for every animal who did not know the comfort of a loving forever home.

The rescue world was shocked and saddened today with the news of the sudden passing of Barb Kemsley. Barb was a Board member of Tiny Paws Dog Rescue and a mainstay rescue transporter, participating in transports for a wide range of rescue organizations. She spent many weekends on the highway, helping animals to foster care or forever homes.

One special project that Barb managed was obtaining and distributing paw print shaped decals and magnets that declared a vehicle to be an "Animal Rescue Transport Vehicle". Transporters all over our province have these affixed to their vehicles. These help us to identify fellow transporters as we hand over our precious cargo, from driver to driver (Barb, herself, being one of these most regular drivers). I should like to think that a bit of Barb's spirit now rides with each one of us who displays this symbol on our vehicle. It will be our own, private, Highway to a Hero.

Barb's passing is sudden, she was only 45.

Barb leaves behind a husband, daughter and son.

My deepest sympathies to Barb's family, as well as the many expressions of condolence from the rescue world.

Rest in Peace, Barb. We've got this run.


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ihearthounds said...

Although I did not know Barb personally, she sounds like a special person who did a great deal for dogs and my heart goes out to her family.