When the phone rang in the middle of the night, Dolores Robinson didn’t think twice about hopping out of bed to rescue a dog or cat stranded on the roadside.
Robinson, 75, the president of the Augusta Humane Society Inc. for the past 20 years, died Friday.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Westover Memorial Park.
“She was the ultimate giver,” said Steven Fishman, the CEO of the humane society, who knew Robinson since he was a child.
Robinson lived a simple life, not buying expensive things so she could give a greater percentage of her income to the humane society and First Baptist Church of Augusta, Fishman said.
“She was never impressed with enriching herself or her life so she could enrich the other things,” he said.
Fishman likened the animal caretaker to St. Francis of Assisi, the 13th century monk who rejected his family’s wealth to care for animals.
Robinson was a charter member of the humane society, founded in 1955.
She received the group’s lifetime achievement award in 2004.
She held several jobs throughout her life, working at J.B. White department store, First Baptist, Turner Music House, and at veterinarians’ offices and animal clinics. The humane society was a volunteer position.
“She was a real animal person and spent her life doing rescue work,” said her cousin Sarah Pritchard.
Robinson was born in Augusta and graduated from the Academy of Richmond County, Pritchard said.
Pritchard, who said caring for animals ran deep in their family history, recalled rescuing a large turtle struggling to crawl over the U.S. Highway 25 median. They lifted the turtle into their car and hauled it to a farm in Hephzibah.