LYNCHBURG, Va. – When nine-year-old Gunner Nowell walked through the Lynchburg Humane Society, he wasn’t just there to see the animals he loves.
Gunner had a mission in mind: to pay tribute to his late brother, whose life was cut short in 2020.
On July 2, the Humane Society will host an event called “Calaeb’s Canines,” in honor of Gunner’s late brother, Calaeb, who would have turned 16 on July 4.
Gunner’s goal this year is to have 16 dogs adopted at the event.
The family chooses to celebrate and praise the life Calaeb lived instead of focusing on his passing.
“He liked hanging out with the dogs. He had a connection to animals,” Gunner said.
We are told that Calaeb was the definition of a dog, someone with a passion for rescuing and caring for animals.
“He didn’t like them for their color or [anything else]. He loved them for their souls,” Gunner said.
Gunner said that when he spent time with Calaeb, they enjoyed playing with their pets, playing video games and having nerf gun wars.
Gunner said he remembered Calaeb as he was: “kind and generous”.
“And he still means the same to me now,” Gunner said.
Their mother, Ashley, did not want to be interviewed, but said she raised $16,000 to sponsor the second annual adoption event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
So if you’re planning on attending the event, remember that you’re not just bringing home a forever friend, you’re helping a young boy honor his late brother who he still holds close to his heart.
“I say [Calaeb] is always with me,” Gunner said.
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