Vickie and Gaylord Smith Working to Achieve a "Forever" Goal
Reconnecting stray pets with their owners, and finding "forever homes" for abandoned animals (or those who never knew an owner) has been Vickie Smith's lifelong passion.
Vickie estimates she has rescued hundreds of animals with the help of her husband, Gaylord.
"We welcome them into our home, calm them down and hopefully find contact info so we can reconnect them with their owners," Vickie says. "Everyone is happy!"
The Smiths' adopted their three cats with the help of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. LT, now 15 years old, came to the Humane Society when someone found him crying in a dumpster. Diego, 2 years old, got his new start while living at the Humane Society. Mick arrived Aug. 29, 2010. He was born to a beautiful tabby found pregnant and abandoned in an empty apartment. Vickie and Gaylord also found "forever homes" for Mick's mom and four siblings.
"Animals have always been very important to me," Vickie explains, adding: "Gaylord and I have no children, so our pets are our children."
Help for Future Neglected Animals
Since 2003, Vickie has volunteered her fundraising talents, chairing the gala FUR~R~R Ball and the family-oriented Pawtoberfest.
She and Gaylord also recently established planned gifts, ensuring their support retains a "forever" quality. Vickie's entire estate, and the vast majority of Gaylord's estate, will be donated to the Humane Society, ensuring a better life for future neglected animals.
"I believe that we have to take care of our animals, and that society is judged that way," Vickie says. "Animal problems are created by humans who don't care for them. There are many different ways for people to help."
"Vickie and Gaylord have been steadfast supporters for many years," says Jan McHugh-Smith, Humane Society President & CEO. "Their efforts-from opening their home to lost and abandoned animals and volunteering for major events, to providing financial support and serving as Humane Society advocates-have helped the Humane Society save many more lives."