BOSSIER CITY, Louisiana (KTAL / KMSS) – In addition to being a mother, grandmother, and dear friend to many in the Bossier City community, Cindy Herring has been called a “pet rescue heroine “.
“A lot of times that’s the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is check my notifications and go from there. That basically dictates the day. I’ll get in the car and we’ll go for a ride. Said Cindy Herring.
These notifications come from a Facebook network of neighbors in South Bossier, helping lost dogs find their way home.
“I don’t think a dog should spend the night at animal control if we can help him. It’s not good for the owner, it’s not good for the animal, ”Herring said. “So that’s kind of my thing, to stay one step ahead of them and let them go home safely.”
Herring gets into his car and searches the Golden Meadows neighborhood and beyond, day and night.
“She is our pet rescue lady,” Lisa Hudson Hale said on Facebook. “Cindy will do whatever she can, will leave in the middle of the night to help find a lost pet. She cried over a loss, she is happy when they are found. I have never met someone who has so much compassion “
If a pet is lost, the owner can create a post on the neighborhood Facebook group, alerting members to be on the lookout.
“If someone posts what you can do is comment and ask them to check the pet registry and the owners and people can be there and in a few moments the owner a dog has been contacted and a lot of times that brings them home, ”Herring said.
This community pet registry contains over 400 of the cutest faces in the neighborhood and information on where to bring the pet once found.
“I carry my leash and a bag of dog treats here and a lot of times all you have to do is open your door and they will come in,” Herring said.
“Cindy is the most precious animal angel you will ever meet! She has the biggest heart and an unwavering commitment to helping animals and their frenzied owners,” neighbor Bonnie Merchant wrote on Facebook.
“He’s a member of the family. That’s how we kind of adopted it. When a family member is missing and families are in pain, we try to come together and help them, ”Herring said. “We’re just neighbors who are neighbors, trying to help each other – and the goal is that no dog spends the night away from home.”