Youth donates birthday proceeds to Humane Society

Bigbee Humane Society Thrift Shop volunteers Kathy Wilson (left) and Virginia Overstreet (right) accept a donation for the Bigbee Humane Society from Sally Mackey (center).

Bigbee Humane Society Thrift Shop volunteers Kathy Wilson (left) and Virginia Overstreet (right) accept a donation for the Bigbee Humane Society from Sally Mackey (center).

Sally Mackey’s love for animals goes all the way back to age 3, when she started riding horses, according to her mother.

“She loves horses and we also have three dogs,” said Lori Mackey. “She’s just an animal person.”

But Sally is not content just to enjoy the company of her pets. She wants to help animals who do not have the benefit of a loving family.

That desire to help sparked an idea in her mom’s mind. For Sally’s 14th birthday, Lori gave her daughter a surprise party with a twist.

“I asked her friends, instead of bringing gifts, to bring a donation to the Bigbee Humane Society,” Lori explained. The response was great, and on Saturday morning Sally donated the $150 to the Demopolis organization.

Sally’s desire to help animals extends back into the past as well as into the future. Her plans are to become a veterinarian, and she has volunteered at the veterinary clinic in Greensboro since the age of 10.

“The Humane Society was very appreciative,” Lori Mackey said of Saturday’s donation, “but it’s important to thank Sally’s friends. They are the ones who gave.”