CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - Hours after the death of Humane Educational Society director Guy Bilyeu, an anonymous woman donated $2,000 to the shelter.
Guy Bilyeu passed away early Saturday morning in the hospital. He spent the last six days of his life in the intensive care unit after sustaining a serious injury during a bicycle accident.
His death came during a weekend when the Humane Educational Society teams up with other animal organizations to hold a massive three-day pet adoption event at the Petsmart on Gunbarrel Road.
It was during the adoption event that an anonymous woman donated $2,000 to the Human Educational Society. The woman reportedly told staff members the money was donated in tribute to the late Guy Bilyeu. According to sources within HES, the money will pay for pet adoptions.
It was also during the adoption event that HES board of directors president Tai Federico issued a public statement about Bilyeu and his legacy. Federico praised Bilyeu for his innovated ideas ans unique management of the Humane Educational Society.
(Statement from Tai Federico)
It is with great sorrow and much anguish that I must inform you of Guy Bilyeu's passing this morning. He served our community tirelessly as an advocate for animals. His passing leaves a great many of us to grieve our loss, but the work he has done will live on locally and nationally in the thousands of animal lives he has saved and the countless human lives he made better. His innovative ideas and unique management at the Humane Educational Society has laid a foundation that will carry HES into the next many decades as it continues to serve Hamilton County. We, his friends and fellow animal lovers, offer our sincerest condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed.
Information regarding arrangements will be forwarded as the details become available.
Board of Directors, President