Birthday donation benefits animals

Rylan Seay turned 16 on Oct. 22 and there are some big changes coming in his life. 

He will get his driver’s license in January. He has plans to attend college after graduation, then he wants to go to medical school.  

But one thing hasn’t changed. Since 2012, Seay has asked that his only birthday presents be dog and cat food for the Louisa Humane Society.

Seay donated a huge pile of cat and dog food again this year to the society. He wanted to assure that the wonderful foster animals still waiting for a family to adopt them have plenty to eat.

A society volunteer recently asked Seay if he still enjoys making the donation as much as he did when he first contacted the organization seven years ago.

“It brings me the same joy and sense of satisfaction, if not more,” he said.  

More than 40 friends and family members helped Seay celebrate his birthday this year. Family members who couldn’t come to the party had dog food shipped to his house. His guests gave him a huge amount of food to donate.

“We just can’t believe this young man’s generosity and devotion year after year to this project,” said Victoria Torgerson, a humane society volunteer.  

The Louisa Humane Society shares the food with other local rescue agencies. 

“We are all working for the same cause, trying to make the lives of the animals in Louisa County a little better in a harsh world,” Torgerson said.

Seay has a love for all animals, especially his pet pig, Frankie, who sits on the couch with the family and is like one of the family’s pet dogs. Yes, that’s unique, but then again, so is Seay. Happy birthday and many happy returns.