Inspired by the name and mission of his tour, award-winning entertainer Blake Shelton made it his goal to identify a special community member on each stop of his Friends and Heroes 2021 run. Local animal lovers were thrilled when they learned the Lowcountry Local Hero was Charleston Animal Society’s Community Engagement Director Kay Hyman.

Shelton, with the assistance of the North Charleston Coliseum, chose Hyman for being a lifetime animal advocate and a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. She has appeared for over 25 years on multiple weekly television and radio shows helping thousands of animals from Charleston Animal Society find new homes. Kay began at Charleston Animal Society 30 years ago as a volunteer.