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Laurie Vierheller Hired As Executive Director PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 12:58

The Avery County Humane Society has hired Laurie Vierheller of Lake City, Colorado to serve as Executive Director of the organization.  Vierheller is relocating from a small rural community in Southwestern Colorado where she worked as county manager and once served as president of the school board.

"I am committed to doing good work for the Avery Humane Society," said Vierheller.  "My background and experience should be a good fit for the challenges facing this organization."
3.8.11 2Building Resumes After Bitter Winter

By March the building site had dried out and the masons were back at work on the interior retaining wall between the basement and main levels.   The plumber was working on the rough-in for the lower level and materials for the main water line were on site.  The completion date may be pushed back into December due to weather delays, but mark your calendars because the Board still wants to hold a dedication celebration on 11/11/11.

There's Always Hope

timmyTimmy the tiny Chihuahua was brought into our office for rescue. It seems Timmy’s former home was very abusive to him. At first he was very timid and would flinch when we tried to pet him. After a week or so he was begging for attention.

One day we got a call from a lady who had adopted a little female Chihuahua named Cricket and was very interested in Timmy. It wasn’t long until she came to take him home. We hear that Timmy is a “little Romeo” and fits right in his new home. There’s always hope.

Gifts of $550 Thousand Raised Toward $1M Challenge Grant

building 5The 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 being made by a generous supporter.

A commitment of $250 thousand over the next five years was pledged from funds bequeathed to the Avery Humane Society by  the late Dorothy Blair of Linville and Naples.  Similarly, $25,000 from a bequest from the late Alfred Adams of Boone will be used to underwrite the Alfred T. Adams Community Development Office.

The late Raymond Lutgert of Linville and Naples responded to the challenge by donating $100 thousand 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.  Another Linville/Naples couple, Board member Bill Avery and his wife Kathy, have donated $75 thousand to name the cat wing and the Park Foundation of Ithaca, New York donated $25,000 toward the challenge.

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