Paws in the park continues in memory of Executive Director - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Paws in the park continues in memory of Executive Director

Posted: Updated:
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

The "Paws in the Park" is an annual dog walk event that benefits the Humane Educational Society, to help animals get new homes. While many people showed up in support, the event was still missing a very special person.

"It's left a big hole in our hearts and we've had to muddle through," said Tai Federico, Interim Executive Director for HES.

After the sudden loss of the HES's executive director, Guy Bilyeu, Tai Federico says it hasn't been the same.

"He was with us for over a decade and he took our facility from one of the worst in the southeast, to one of the best," said Federico.

"Paws in the Park" was only one of many events Bilyeu dedicated himself to; all to help animals in need.

"It's been hard for us, not only emotionally, but physically because guy did so much of the leg work for this event," said Federico.    

Although he wasn't there in person, Federico tells Channel 3 his memory will live on.  

"The event is dedicated in his memory, for all of the good work he did for the humane society," said Federico.

Federico says they hope to continue the legacy he left behind.

"The best thing we can do is find someone to fill his shoes to keep doing the good work that he was doing here in Hamilton County," said Federico.

Federico says it's an ongoing process. They've had many applicants and will start the interview process this week to fill the executive director position.

The Humane Society hoped to raise $40,000 today.

All of the money will go towards operation costs and special programs, like getting cats and dogs spayed and neutered, but ultimately to find animals the homes they need.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Channel 3 AM Forecast

    Channel 3 AM Forecast

    Warming into Easter weekend
    More
    Mostly cloudy and breezy today.  Perfect Easter Sunday.
    More
  • Warm and cloudy today. Becoming breezy late.

    Warm and cloudy today. Becoming breezy late.

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:36 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:36:59 GMT
    (WRCB) - Good Saturday. While we have seen a few light sprinkles this morning, the bulk of the rain stayed east and south of the area, and I think that will continue to be the case. For the rest of the day we can expect mostly cloudy skies with a high today of 74. We will see our winds increasing behind the front to 10-20 mph from the northeast.Tonight, the winds die down, and we will see some clearing heading through the overnight.More
    (WRCB) - Good Saturday. While we have seen a few light sprinkles this morning, the bulk of the rain stayed east and south of the area, and I think that will continue to be the case. For the rest of the day we can expect mostly cloudy skies with a high today of 74. We will see our winds increasing behind the front to 10-20 mph from the northeast.Tonight, the winds die down, and we will see some clearing heading through the overnight.
    More
  • Runners from Cleveland to finish trek to Boston on Saturday

    Runners from Cleveland to finish trek to Boston on Saturday

    Saturday, April 19 2014 4:47 AM EDT2014-04-19 08:47:38 GMT
    Johnny Clemons got out of bed and ran a 26.2-mile marathon today - for the eighth day in a row.More
    Johnny Clemons got out of bed and ran a 26.2-mile marathon today - for the eighth day in a row.More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.