A Fund for Faithful Companions
Helen's Gift was established at the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society to honor Helen Harrington Hutcheson's extraordinary spirit and her abiding love of all creatures great and small. Statistics show that up to 25% of all animals surrendered to animal shelters nationwide are pets who are surrendered because of owner illness, aging, or death. This often overlooked and under-served population are animals in crisis - their stories are poignant and heartbreaking, but thanks to Helen's Gift, they have a chance for a happy ending.
If you or someone you know is no longer able to care for a pet due to owner aging, illness or death, contact GMHS to find out how Helen's Gift may be able to help.
To donate to Helen's Gift Fund online, indicate the Fund in the notes section of the PayPal form. To donate to Helen's Gift Fund via mail, download the GMHS Donation Form, and mail to 6620 Jackson Lane, Gloucester, VA 23061.
Helen Harrington Hutcheson (1920-2010) led an extraordinary life. Orphaned at 16, widowed at 21, she turned tragedy into triumph and eventually re-married and became a mother, celebrated nurse, and community activist. But the constant in her life was the help she always gave others. And the constant by her side was always an Airdale - or two. When she died in January 2010, her dogs Rusty and Jack were with her.