Jan. 20, 2014
A Greene County veterinarian may have given up his practice, but it sure hasn't stopped him from working with animals.
In this week's Stephanie's Heroes, CBS19's Stephanie Satchell is featuring Dr. John Hayes who's been volunteering for the last seven years providing spay and neuter services for the Greene-Madison Humane Society.
When Dr. John Hayes or "Doc" as he's often called retired in 2006, he never stopped showing up at the Madison-Greene Humane Society.
"I feel like I'm doing something for the world. I put veterinarian medicine before everything in my life for 50 years. It's my avocation, my vocation and my life," said Dr. John Hayes, Retired Veterinarian.
Every Wednesday he comes to the Madison-Greene Humane society to spay and neuter dozens of cats and kittens. Dr. Hayes provides customers who may not be able to afford the procedure a low-cost option.
He's refuses to take any compensation for his services. Every penny goes straight to the humane society.
"I don't need any money. If I needed money I would have stayed in practice, but I'll come help," said Dr. Hayes.
No matter the day or time, he's always willing to give back.
"I can call him late at night. I can call him on the weekends. I can call him in tears. I can be hysterical and he comes and meets me every single time. He has never let me down," said Rebecca Baker, Executive Director, Madison-Greene Humane Society.
Without Doc Hayes, many say, they wouldn't be able to do what they do at the humane society.
Dr. Hayes says it's not just him doing all the work, it's a team effort. The staff helps prepare the cat for anesthesia and they're there for them when they wake up in recovery.
"My help is what makes it easy for me. I just cut and sew and listen to my music and drink my coffee in between," said Dr. Hayes.
Although, he's very humble about what he does, he's managed to help more than 7,000 felines since he started volunteering.
For that, everyone at the Madison-Greene Humane Society calls Doc Hayes their hero.
The Madison-Greene Humane society is hosting a dinner on January 30th at the Lafayette Inn in Stanardsville to help raise money.
The Humane society will receive 20 percent of dinner purchases. Proceeds will go toward helping the organization provide healthcare, shelter, low-cost spay and neuter and adoption for cats.