Herbie Brown’s story is still unfolding. A 1979 Airstream Land Yacht, Herbie has been recently transformed into FOTAS’ state-of-the-art Rescue Waggin’. How he got his name, his amazing career change, and what he will be doing, are all long stories, but considering what he will be up to in the next couple of months, well worth highlighting.
For over 25 years, the travel trailer belonged to Bert Davis’ uncle, Herb Brown, who traveled among Airstream enthusiasts as far away as Mexico, and who ultimately lived out his final years as a widower calling his beloved RV home.
“My uncle loved this trailer and he liked to help people,” Bert said, and then he did everything he could to help FOTAS get the project going. Bert was so generous that we named the trailer after his uncle.
Herbie Brown now sports thank-you notes to his major benefactors on each rear corner.
The first are only initials of anonymous donors who funded the project. Then he acknowledges Ernie Wolf who assembled the first crew for gutting, and basic electrical work.
There’s Robert McBrayer, who spent a few weeks with metal patches, silicone, primer, more primer, paint and plywood securing the windows, sealing leaks, covering wheel wells, installing subflooring, priming and painting the interior a brilliant fun yellow.
Ken Simmonds did the most exquisite job of laying vinyl on the floors and up the walls that you’d think royalty would be traveling, not dogs. Eric Figueroa ofPremier Metals created the secure generator housing on the trailer’s fork so the animals could have light, music, and climate-controlled travel, winter or summer, wherever they go.
Don Bush was the brilliant craftsman who designed, constructed, and installed the four pens and their wire mesh doors. It was no small task to get the wood to accommodate the irregular curve of aluminum interior walls designed like an airplane fuselage.
Anthony Goehl, a recent transplant to Aiken, primed, painted, and sealed the pens so that animals who travel can find clean, healthy accommodations for every voyage.
Herbie is ever grateful to Charlie at Tyler Tire who was under Herbie in a downpour; to Sherwin Williams for the advice, primer and paint; and to Ron at Signworks who designed the messaging on Herbie’s exterior so that wherever Herbie goes FOTAS’ message will be very clear: “Rescue, Adopt, Spay/Neuter & Love!”
A special thanks to the FOTAS volunteer , Joya, who spearheaded this effort and with untold personal hours and a belief in the vision of this wonderful vehicle.
Herbie has been re-stationed between the C.A.T.S building and the main County Shelter building waiting to be called into service. On May 26th 2012, he was the star of Friends of the Animal Shelter’s march in Aiken’s Memorial Day Parade, along with volunteers with adoptable county shelter dogs.
Herbie continues to attend special events and provides onsite adoptable dogs or cats at these events!
Be proud, Aiken County, we are a community making a difference! Just follow our latest miracle, Herbie Brown, who reflects the best of who we are!
With Joya at the wheel pulling Herbie Brown, he has bee a star at several parades and fundraiser events showcasing some of the County Shelter's adoptable dogs and cats.
Recently, he has been center stage in the “SNAP” (Spay/Neuter Assistance Program) efforts to bring spay/neuter to the doorstep of several Aiken County areas such as Wagener, Burnetttown and Windsor.
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FOTAS Aiken is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to FOTAS Aiken are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The FOTAS Aiken's tax identification number is 27-0609272.