“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ” – Anatole France
When Dixie, a 15-year-old Labrador Retriever, died in November of 2013, her owner, Randy Hays, didn’t know where to turn.
“It just happened very quickly. I was devastated,” Hays said. “This was like a child.”
After days of crying, Hays reached out to churches and organizations that aid those in mourning, but found their doors weren’t open to people grieving the loss of a pet.
“They were only for people who lost a spouse or child,” Hays said.
So Hays turned to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society to help. GBHS now offers a once-a-month meeting of the support group, named after the pet the Randy lost, led by Dr. Larry Michael, who fully donates his time in support of this cause.
This group is open to any community members grieving the loss of a pet, with no pre-registration required. A $5 donation is requested.
Dixie’s Group is held in Homewood Library’s Lower Level Room 106 from 5:30-7:00 pm on the last Tuesday of each month. Please click here for a full listing of upcoming meetings. Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1478634249077027/