-Edward Kipp


We lost an angel and friend on March 26, 2014.  Ed Kipp of Ripley, West Virginia, was such a gentle man and a gentleman.  His smile adoring.  His love of animals (especially beagles!) went deep.  He and his life’s love, Hazel Vance, found it in their hearts to care for 61 of CBR’s rescued beagles with grace, compassion, love, and diligence.  It was movie material, really.  Hazel and Ed hit the road at a moment’s notice to pick up their new charges…hurt, neglected, flea ridden, sick, pregnant, broken. You name it.  Thousands of miles on the trip-odometer never dissuaded them.  Afterall, it’s just geography and a chance to save another life….business as usual.  There wasn’t a case we threw their way that they didn’t jump at the chance to help.  And believe me, there were some tough ones.  With Ed at the wheel and Hazel riding shotgun (sometimes literally!), we knew it would all be ok.  Sometimes it was a white knuckle ride getting these dogs out of a perilous situation and checked in to Hotel Kipp.  Winter’s roads, summer’s heat.  They faced it all.  These types of volunteers don’t come along every day.  They are divine…sent to us…maybe by another saved beagle soul.  This is an era in our organization that will never be forgotten.   Ed and Hazel were our Dream Team.   Even in his last days and hours, Ed told everyone he wanted Hazel to keep the Jeep “so she could continue rescuing dogs.”

[one_fifth]Candle-03 [/one_fifth][four_fifth_last] Ed, we will miss you dearly, friend, but you’re not off the hook just yet.   We need a gatekeeper for those who may find their way across the bridge and you’re just the man for the job.  Welcome them, love them, feed them treats just like you did here on Earth.  We are honored to have had you on our team, buddy.

Ed’s family very kindly requested donations to CBR in lieu of flowers.  Memorial donations have been received by: 
Anne Gentry, DVM of WV
Robert Zorn of WA
Mara Burns of NY
Denise Sproul of OR
ARF (Animal Rights Fur-Ever) of WV
Susan Bynum of OR


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