Barbara Carr is an animal lover from way back.
"I always had pets, I always had animals. I had a crow that used to come down and land on my shoulder," she recalled.
Given that, it may not be any surprise that she has spent the past 23 years heading up the SPCA Serving Erie County
As the Executive Director, Carr has been a good friend to the legions of discarded and injured creatures that have found their way to the SPCA over the years. "We got to the point where all the animals healthy, treatable, manageable are going to be placed. One hundred percent guarantee, couldn't even imagine that in 1993."
Under her direction the staff has grown from 30 employees in 1993 to over a hundred employees and more than 1,700 hundred volunteers, She started the Wildlife program that works with 3,000 animals a year and has begun the Capital Campaign for a new and expanded facility.
As she prepares to retire she says that it was putting people and pets together that gave her the most satisfaction. In retirement, Carr plans to spend time with her family, her SPCA rescued dogs Charlie and Dibs, and making pottery.
There is no way to tell how many lives she has touched in her time here at the SPCA and no denying that Barbara Carr has been a valued friend to all creatures large and small.
For more information or to make a donation you can visit the SPCA's website.