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On a night in March 2005, a young man, in the prime of his life, stopped his car on a busy thoroughfare in Birmingham to assist a puppy who had been injured. Sadly, the bravery of the Good Samaritan, Skipper Kirsch, cost him his life. Skipper was struck by another car while rescuing the puppy, which was later named "Russell", and was taken from his loved ones on this earth. Skipper's sincere devotion and service to his family, fellow mankind, and animals of all varieties touched so many in the wake of this unfortunate event.

To honor Skipper and the countless others like him who love, care, and act with such unselfish compassion, the "Skipper Fund" has been established at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society by his family, friends, and the owner of the dog, “Russell”, which he rescued. The fund will help the GBHS care for "special needs" dogs and cats that are surrendered to the shelter and require specialized veterinary care before adoption. The goal is to ultimately place these "special" pets in loving homes after providing them with the medical care that they so desperately need.

Please join us in remembering Skipper Kirsch by making a donation to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s Skipper Fund today.

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The Greater Birmingham Humane Society's mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals and people through education, advocacy, and services.