Many of us dream of winning the lottery so we can donate some, or all, of our sizeable winnings to our favorite animal rescue, but the cats and dogs of Carter County, Tennessee truly hit the jackpot. Mrs. Glenda DeLawder, a devoted animal lover, donated her entire estate of $1.2 million to help Carter County's animals.
“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,” Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey said.
Nearly $500,000 of the $1.2 million donation will go directly to the Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter. There are specific plans for the funds, including an animal transportation van that will arrive in March and much needed additions to the current facility.
"We would not be able to expand otherwise," Mayor Humphrey said. "The moneys are just not available in the general fund budget at this time so this gives us an opportunity to expand and provide the space that's needed to properly care for the animals in our custody."
The remainder of the funds will be shared with local animal care facilities.