On Sunday, May 10, 2015, Circle of Friends lost a dear friend and a quiet
hero for the animals of Georgia. Jim Burton was one of our founding members.
For nearly two decades, he worked tirelessly to improve this community, one
animal at a time. He was a founding member of the Eatonton-Putnam Humane
Society, which became the Oconee Regional Humane Society. Jim was
instrumental in establishing the first animal protection laws and creating
the first animal welfare agencies in the Lake Oconee area. He laid the
groundwork for the organizations that now make east-central Georgia a safer,
more compassionate community for animals. His efforts in creating
spay/neuter programs have prevented the births of countless thousands of
homeless animals. He did everything from meeting with government officials
to bathing shelter dogs. While he always saw the bigger picture and fought
for long-term improvements that would affect the entire community, he never
hesitated to do whatever needed to be done, no matter how small or
unrewarding the task. And he did it all kindly, cheerfully and humbly,
without any thought of recognition for himself.
Well into his retirement years, Jim once again rolled up his sleeves and
helped create Circle of Friends, which has grown into an organization that,
while still small, rescues approximately 600 animals per year. He served on
our board and continued his work for animals until the end of his life. We
will miss him terribly, but we take comfort in knowing that Jim has left a
legacy of caring and compassion in Georgia that will continue. We will honor
his memory in our work. Rest in peace, dear friend.
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