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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) - A well-known veterinarian in Jackson County passed away in January, but a community honoring his memory is giving a second chance for dozens of homeless animals.

"He was well known by a lot of people in Jackson County, and the surrounding counties as well. I know a couple of people who would drive all the way from Huntsville," Animal Control Officer Heather Carlin said.

Veterinarian James Williams was a strong supporter of the Scottsboro Animal Shelter. Williams passed away recently.

"His family, in lieu of flowers, wanted donations to be made through the Scottsboro Animal Shelter so we can use it for whatever's needed," Carlin says.

With a steady stream of dogs and cats picked up in one of Alabama's largest counties constantly filling the shelter, that gesture of care  is welcome. "It means a tremendous amount," Carlin says, "We really try hard to get dogs adopted, get them the medical care they need and this fund will be a huge help."

So far, the community has donated $3,000 in Williams' memory, and there's more still coming in.  The funds will go far in helping animals who don't have homes find a second chance. "A legacy left," Carlin says, "He continues to give."

Donations are welcome in James Williams' name.  Call the Scottsboro Animal Shelter at (256) 259-6511 for more information or visit