Glenda Taylor DeLawder was a telephone operator from Tennessee and in her will she left the estate she owned to the cats and dogs of Carter County. As this proves, Glenda really loved animals and in her obituary she was described as an “avid animal lover”, a characterization that was proven to be true when her $1.2 million estate was left for cats and dogs aid.
Putting Money To Good Use
The estate worth $1.2 million has been put into several projects to ensure the welfare of the animals in the area. $540,000 will be used to expand the already existing Elizabethton Animal Shelter from Carter County and since the shelter was in dire need of a van to transport cats and dogs that will be a part of the plan as well.
A new van will permit the transport of animals for spaying or neutering and the rest of the money will be going to local agencies that focus on helping animals. The extra space in the holding areas will mean that the animals will have more room to play and it will also mean that more cats and dogs can be provided shelter there. The total surface of the new block will cover 1,002 square feet and an additional 1,234 square feet of outdoor sidewalks and slabs.
A Gift To The Entire County
Leon Humphrey, the Carter County Mayor stated the following: ”Mrs. DeLawder’s family asked me to share with you that she loved her cats and dogs so very much and wanted her love and care of them to be her everlasting gift. I think Mrs. DeLawder would be very pleased that her gift will be able to provide for future cats and dogs at the Shelter for as long as the Shelter exists.”
The website of the Carter County government chose Christmas Day as the moment to announce this bequest from Glenda Taylor DeLawder and this is for now the largest private gift that was given to the county for the citizens, be they human, feline or canine.
The impressive act of kindness perhaps inspired other persons to make donations and Susan Robinson, the co-director of the shelter, said that around $5,000 have been donated to the shelter to waive the fees for spaying and neutering as a part of the Empty the Shelter pet adoption campaign.
We hope that this story inspires you too and gives you the courage and initiative to help the souls who are in need of homes throughout the globe.