Local man keeps animals company during blizzard

A truly humane gesture
By Beth A. Birmingham | Feb 18, 2013
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Donny Barbour receives kisses from Jada, a 1-year-old pitbull, for his care during a recent blizzard. Barbour hunkered down at Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County in Thomaston to watch over the animals.

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 bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.


Comments (20)
Posted by: Ernie Dugan | Feb 26, 2013 16:56

way to go DB! your cousin in Florida

Posted by: Russell Garfield York | Feb 20, 2013 16:13

We all sould be so kind and caring thank you

Posted by: Russell Garfield York | Feb 20, 2013 04:32

way yo go donny what a sweet thing to do on your time off

Posted by: Owen Bundy | Feb 19, 2013 12:02

Donnie seems to always be there not only taking care of the animals but people too.  We are truly blessed to have such a great example of what a person should try to do to better not only their lives, but the lives of others.  When you see him with the animals you see nothing but love between them.  Thank you for all you do.

Posted by: Ron Marr | Feb 19, 2013 08:04

Way to go Donny ! Did not surprise us at all you would do something like this. You are a really good man !! See you soon...

Posted by: Anne Mitchell | Feb 19, 2013 07:33

Excellent dedication to animals and work and life in general!

Posted by: Melinda Lindsey | Feb 18, 2013 22:52

what a heartwarming story, I'm sure the animals appreciated him being there, such thoughtfulness


Posted by: Jennie Demmons | Feb 18, 2013 20:14

Wonderful story and what a WONDERFUL man he is. Now how many people would do a thing like this???  I know those animals love you Donny.. And Alyssa you sure do have a grandfather to be proud of..  Thank you Donny!!!

Posted by: Roland Lee Thomas | Feb 18, 2013 19:08

Your a good man,And those animals will always rember you!!!


Posted by: RUTH ROWLING MAXFIELD | Feb 18, 2013 18:35

What a guy!  Thank you from all of us who love animals!

Posted by: Martha Johnston-Nash | Feb 18, 2013 16:47

It's heartwarming to know there are people out there who will forego their own comforts for helpless animals. Thank you Donny, and thanks Beth for the story.

Posted by: douglas w merrill | Feb 18, 2013 15:37

Good man

Posted by: Joe Ryan | Feb 18, 2013 12:39

Bless you Donny. So nice to know there are people like you out there.

Ginny Ryan


Posted by: jane hanson | Feb 18, 2013 11:42

Very nice!

Posted by: Kim Matthews | Feb 18, 2013 11:33

Donny you are such a great person for doing this.  Keep up the good work and look forward to seeing you at the TOP.

Posted by: Alyssa Pierce | Feb 18, 2013 11:25

I am proud to say that this amazing man is my grandfather. His love for animals is apparent and his kind heart shows with this story. Its great to see him be rewarded for his amazing effort to help these animals.

Posted by: holly j butterman | Feb 18, 2013 10:59

Donny has a heart so much bigger than most people ... Thank you for all you did and all you do ..

Posted by: Cindy Young | Feb 18, 2013 10:53

you're one of the best, Donnie Barbour. I sure know how much you love those animals. It's about time you received some recognition.  - Lisa



Posted by: Betty McCommic | Feb 18, 2013 10:51

That was a nice thing to do. More people should be this thoughtful.


Posted by: Suzanne Spreen | Feb 18, 2013 10:27

Good for you Donny. What a nice story.


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