In Carter County, Tennessee an incredibly generous woman by the name of Glenda Taylor DeLawder loved animals so much that she left $1.2 million to the pets and animals in her local area upon her death.
DeLawder, who passed away in November 2015, was described in her obituary as an “avid animal lover,” and her actions prove that to be an accurate description.
The gift of $1.2 million was announced on Christmas Day 2016 on the Carter County government website. Mayor Leon Humphrey wrote on the government website, “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.” He continued to explain that Mrs. DeLawder asked that the money be used exclusively to help care for Carter County’s cats and dogs.
For one part of the gift, the administrators of her estate bestowed $540,000 to the Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter to expand the dog and cat holding areas and to buy a van to transport pets to off-site adoption events and to take them to spay and neuter clinics. Construction was set to begin on the shelter expansion in early January 2017 and the van is scheduled to arrive by March 1.
Mayor Humphrey wrote. “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.”
I, as a fellow animal lover, thank Mrs. DeLawder for her gift to the needy animals. Her gift is a gift that not only touches the animals and helps them have better lives but her story of freely giving and loving the animals touches and inspires so many others.
Not many of us have $1 million dollars that we can donate but there are things that we can do.
- Rescue an animal from your local Humane Shelter or Animal Rescue group instead of purchasing one from a dealer.
- Volunteer your time to give snuggles, take dogs on walks, play with the cats, clean up cages. Most animal shelters are grossly understaffed and their loving workers welcome the loving hands of volunteers that help them. Not to mention it gives the animals the affection and socialization that they need.
- Find out what supplies they are running short on and donate them. Most places need food and cleaning supplies donated regularly. If you can only afford one bag of food to donate then donate one bag of food. That one bag is as appreciated as ten bags. Be sure to contact the shelter, or group, ahead of time and find out what type of food they feed their animals.
- ALWAYS spay and neuter your pets.
- Donate money to a Spay/Neuter clinic to help pay for procedures that others can not pay for OR if you know of someone who can’t afford the procedure for their pet offer to pay for the procedure for them, or even split the bill. It is healthier for the pet and it stops the suffering of puppies and kittens that can’t be taken care of or are unwanted.
These are only 5 tips as to what you can do to help the animals in your area but there is so much more. If you are an animal lover get involved and do what you can to make a difference in the lives of the animals in your area.
All an animal needs is to be given a chance to find their forever home and be given unconditional love and affection…and a nice bowl of kibble.