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Angus T. Loner.

A common theme with an uncommon participant.

This is a statue of Angus T. Loner, the Ambassador for the City of Grand Island and Central Nebraska Humane Society. His life story teaches us the difference a dedicated and compassionate community which believes in the humane treatment of animals can make.

He was known as “Loner” by the community, the staff of the Central Nebraska Humane Society and the Animal Control Authority. The dog, a Bullmastiff, after being abandoned, survived on the rural edge of Grand Island, near the largest employer in the community and a heavily traveled road. The 120 pound dog was hard to miss as he roamed the area for over four years, seeking food, water and shelter. Numerous stories are told by the employees about the bones, scraps and even their lunches that Loner was fed by them. People also brought dog food to the location, and one young boy left his family’s barn door open to help this dog.

The community’s dedication to Loner helped him survive, but Loner’s experience of being abandoned had left him terrified and mistrustful of people. No one could capture him. Then a large tumor was spotted on Loner’s hind leg. It was time to try the last resort – a sedative. The Animal Control Authority organized a team of volunteers, and, due to the team’s bold action, Loner was brought in.

The story of Loner’s life, his capture and the people who cared for him drew the attention of The Grand Island Independent. Through the newspaper’s words and their photos and video, the amazing story was told throughout the area. What Grand Island’s residents had provided for this dog for years drew the attention of the producers of the Animal Planet Channel series, Dogs 101. In April 2009, they arrived to film the story of the Bullmastiff and the community which loved and cared for him. The resulting program aired in September 2009 and has since been seen around the world.

No longer alone, his name was changed to Angus T. Loner. The tumor was successfully removed, and his new life began. The community was there for him in the tough times and they are still there today. Daily, Angus receives visitors who are checking on him. They give him an ear rub, a hug, or tell a story of goodies shared or what they saw of his life.

Angus is teaching now! It is hard to describe how this gentle giant demonstrates to young and old what a dedicated group of people can do for animals. He is able to be a representative for the hundreds of other animals who have similar stories to tell. Angus loves his new life and role! Through him, people can learn how an animal care facility like the Central Nebraska Humane Society can help, teach what wonderful animals are in the facilities and the uncommon spirit of love and dedication they display to the families who adopt them, the critical role the Animal Control Authority has in ensuring the humane treatment and care of animals, and how donating and volunteering can make the compassionate difference which brings the highest possible quality of life to the community.

Angus is a survivor due to a community which supports and cares for its animals.