Local man keeps animals company during blizzardA truly humane gesture
Thomaston — The snowstorm that blanketed the New England area Feb. 8 and 9 brought out the best in many people. Neighbors helped neighbors dig out. Facebookers complimented public works departments for quick clean up. People checked in with seniors or those who are homebound.
And Donny Barbour from Rockland did a humane thing for his four-legged friends.
Barbour, a part-time shelter technician at Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County in Thomaston, created a bunker at the shelter where he hunkered down with dogs, cats, a pig, and several other animal species from Friday morning to Sunday noon.
"He went above and beyond," said Shelter Manager Theresa Gargan.
She said Barbour knew the forecast might prevent him from being able to tend to his duties after the storm's arrival, so he took some pallets and blankets and made a bed for himself.
"He said he was nice and cozy," Gargan said.
"He's a humble man," said Carlton Murphy, who works at Time Out Pub, one of Barbour's favorite restaurants in Rockland.
Murphy said Barbour had been at the establishment Thursday afternoon and expressed concern about the approaching storm and the animals being left alone at the shelter.
"I'm going to go ride the storm out with them," he reportedly told pub owner Jim Beaulieu. And that is precisely what he did.
"It's rewarding working with the animals," Barbour said, adding he had plenty of food and company during his weekend adventure.
"I'm no spring chicken," he said as he pointed out the make-shift bed he slept on.
Not only did Barbour keep watch over the defenseless creatures, he fed them, played with them, shoveled and got everything set to have the doors open for business on Monday, the mark of a true humanitarian.
Courier Publications reporter Beth Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.