By: Hannah Paczkowski
Some might say it was fate that led Bob Downey to the Capital Humane Society.
"I answered a blind ad in the newspaper. I initially looked at it as maybe a stop over for a couple of years," he said.
Those couple of years turned into 30.
When Bob started, he said the Humane Society was close to bankruptcy and the public wasn't as passionate about adopting pets.
"We help far more today than we were able to in the past," he said.
One of his biggest accomplishments is one some say is his legacy. Opening the Pieloch Pet Adoption Center in July, giving many animals the opportunity to find a good home.
"That moment when they're getting adopted and they're walking out and they've been waiting for that moment for so long, it's really awesome," Alisa Eichorn, a Capital Humane Society employee, said.
It's a feeling that Bob said makes his time at the Capital Humane Society seem like a flash.
"When you stop and take a moment and think about it, it doesn't seem like 30 years to me," he said.
Bob's not done yet, he said he's not planning on retiring for another couple of years.