Abbey Sellers loves all creatures, great and small

By Trina Trice

Although Abbey Sellers has a broken arm, her love for animals isn't stopping her from helping them.

While visiting her father and stepmother David and Meghan Sellers, Abbey, 10, decided she didn't want to spend her summer sitting on a couch and watching TV.

Abbey decided she wanted to help animals, so she and her stepmother contacted the Clayton County Humane Society.

"I really like animals," Abbey said. "The animals need some loving and care and I thought it would be fun to help them."

Because she's only 10, Abbey's stepmother accompanied her to the Humane Society where they worked once a week for two hours.

"Our insurance typically doesn't allow as young a volunteer as Abbey," said Michele Bryant, president of the Board of Directors of the Clayton County Humane Society. "But she's excellent. She's made a lot of friends with the animals and the staff. She's given a lot of time, love, and attention to the animals."

While she's at the Humane Society, Abbey walks the dogs, cleans cat cages, and launders the bedding used by the animals.

"Sometimes it could be kind of stinky, but it was fun," Abbey said.

Last week Abbey and Meghan Sellers cleaned the cat room that contains more than 40 cats, Sellers said.

But Abbey didn't stop there.

She wrote a letter that she passed out to people in her community explaining that the animals at the Humane Society are taken care of by people who donate, time, money, and food.

As a result, the Humane Society received bedding, food and cleaning supplies.

"It's amazing what a child can do when she puts her mind to it," Bryant said.

While canvassing the Lake Jodeco Road neighborhood for donations, a black Labrador named Magic became ill.

Magic is the Sellers dog.

"After Magic got sick, I thought she'd lose interest (in the fund-raiser), but she didn't," Meghan Sellers said. "But her determination got even stronger."

Despite Magic's illness and a broken arm, Abbey stayed focus on the animals.

"They need to be healthy," she said. "They need more food and loving and caring."

The Clayton County Human Society uses donations for its daily operation. For more information, call (770) 471-9436.