Zephyr came to St. Hubert’s in the Fall of 2011 on a local transport from our sister shelter, Cumberland County SPCA in southern New Jersey. They had found Zephyr, a senior beagle mix, as a stray, wandering alone in a grassy field. CCSPCA staff quickly brought Zephyr into their care, but had no luck finding his owner.
So, when Cumberland asked St. Hubert’s to take Zephyr into our adoption program, we welcomed him with open arms. He quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite, most well known around the shelter for his grumpy, yet charming, personality. While up for adoption, Zephyr made it quite clear that he loved being at St. Hubert’s, surrounded by the people who loved him most. He became an instant celebrity among St. Hubert’s supporters, and enjoyed taking mini adventures around town with volunteers, popping in at offsite events, starring in shelter videos, and going on sleepovers with one of his devoted St. Hubert’s caregivers.
In August of 2013, Zephyr’s health started to decline. He was given top veterinary care and kept comfortable until he let staff know it was his time to make the journey to the Rainbow Bridge. On August 23, 2013, surrounded by his loving St. Hubert’s Family, Zephyr said his final goodbyes to those who loved him most.
To this day, Zephyr leaves behind a lasting legacy inside the walls of St. Hubert’s and beyond. His spirit exemplifies the way a shelter pet should be treated, loved and cared for. St. Hubert’s strongly believes in giving every opportunity possible to all of the animals who make their way into our shelters- no matter their age or special needs.
Zephyr is now the face of our new life-saving transport vehicle, fittingly called “The Zephyr”. There is no better way to honor his life!