Homeless veteran helps others with his passion for animals

CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA (WOWK) – Many people who know Jerry Anderson know him for his passion and service to animals. But few people know him for his service to his country.

Jerry has been a humanitarian officer in Charleston for nearly a decade, but his passion for service to others began when he joined the United States Army as an infantryman.

“I served 10 years abroad. I came back in 1992, so 15 years in the service, ”said Jerry Anderson, head of humanitarian services at the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association.

He learned many life lessons during the service, mainly including being compassionate for others.

“I was up north, they had never seen any Americans before and we were one of the first black Americans they saw in the area where we were stationed,” Anderson said.

Those who work with Jerry say you can see his humble compassion every day.

“Jerry traveling the community and offering help and assistance to those who cannot afford their pets but who love their pets and want to keep them, he is invaluable for that,” said Sarah Tolley of Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association.

At the Humane Association, Jerry is passionate about helping people with pets that may be homeless. That’s because he experienced it firsthand when he left the service.

“I came here homeless – that’s why I came here. I recovered and got back together. A group of veterans helping veterans. So, I came here, and it works here. It really is because it helped me, ”Anderson said.

Whether it’s providing food or bringing resources to those in need, no request is too small for Jerry.

“Homeless veterans who have pets, we want to help them set up a place where the vets, Dr. Todd, will examine the animal,” Anderson said.

If you are roaming or in difficulty and need help with an animal, you can contact the Kanawha-Charleston Humane association and they will help you.

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