By Jody Brumage
Over the past weekend, the Byrd Center’s home town, Shepherdstown, marked its third annual Dog Fest, a celebration of dog owners and the proper care and rescue of animals in the community. We were inspired to take a look into the archives and see how animals, especially dogs, were important to Senator Byrd.
Among the last of his weekly newspaper columns, the “Byrd’s Eye View” to be published before his passing in 2010, an issue dated February 24 entitled “Pet Adoption” called for Americans to “look for your next pet at homeless animal shelters, and spay or neuter your animals to keep the population in the shelters and euthanasia down.” Indeed, animals and their protection were important to Senator Byrd throughout his life and career.
You can read the full newspaper column below: