NEWLAND, NC -- The Board of Directors of the Avery County Humane Society announced this week that the organization has raised more than half of the amount needed as a match toward the $1 million challenge grant being made by a generous supporter.
“The Avery County Humane Society is so blessed to have a benefactor willing to make a $1 million challenge,” said Board Chair Catherine Morton, “and it is overwhelming to see other supporters step up to meet that challenge.” The ACHS Board of Directors recently voted to honor the late Dorothy Blair of Linville and Naples by designating a wing of the new Adoption and Humane Education Center in her name. A portion of the funds Mrs. Blair bequeathed to the Avery County Humane Society was pledged to the building project: $250,000 over the next five years.
Similarly, $25,000 from a bequest from the late Alfred Adams will be used to underwrite the Alfred T. Adams Community Development Office. A respected businessman and community leader, Adams’ humor and joy for life will live on in the families whose lives are enriched by pets rescued through Avery Humane.
Before his death last summer, the late Raymond Lutgert of Linville and Naples also responded to the challenge to help build the new adoption center for Avery County. Lutgert donated $100,000 toward the matching grant in recognition for how the Humane Society contributes to the quality of life in Avery County.
ACHS Board member Susan Dalton and her husband, Bill, have pledged $75 thousand to the new facility. The Daltons, who divide their time between Linville and Naples, are long-time supporters of the Avery Humane Society and Mrs. Dalton was instrumental in pulling together the invaluable fundraising team known as The Friends of the Shelter.
Another Linville/Naples couple, cat-lovers Bill and Kathy Avery have donated $75 thousand to name the cat wing. Enthusiastic volunteers for the Avery Humane Society, the Averys staff information booths at area festivals and take kittens into their home when foster parenting is needed. Mr. Avery also sits on the organization’s Board of Directors.
Another $25,000 donation was made toward the challenge grant by the Park Foundation of Ithaca, New York. Known for its support of quality media that heightens public awareness of critical issues, the Park Foundation is a long-time supporter of the Avery Humane Society and is very interested in the organization’s humane education and spay/neuter programs.
Avery County’s new Adoption and Humane Education Center is currently under construction on New Vale Road behind Ingles in Newland. The dedication of the new facility is planned for 11/11/11. Contributions toward the matching grant, including the purchase of pavers in honor of or in memory of a family member, favorite friend or cherished pet, may be made on the organization’s website at averyhumane.org. For more information, phone 828-733-9265.